Gueguere Gogoba Community

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.17
Longitude -3.40

500 Served

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Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports…

When the team arrived, 525 community members including a local school, church and Community Center were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well located 5 kilometers outside the community, various forms of surface water and tube wells located a kilometer outside the community and a protected hand dug well all located 3 kilometers outside the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable and water related illnesses. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a Water Committee who assisted with the water project whenever possible and who is responsible for maintaining the well after the team leaves the area. Most residents are of Protestant, Muslim or Catholic faith and with continued support from Gogoba Krista Lawyir Church and Catholic Church, the Gospel will continue to be shared with community families through the provision of safe drinking water. Another NGO, Plan International, is also working in the area to help build local schools.

Using the Living Water Traditional Method, the team addressed: Germs, Hand Washing-Proper Techniques and Water Saving Methods, Good-Bad Hygiene Behaviors, Proper Care of Pump and Keeping the Water Clean.

The Living Water Burkina Faso team had an opportunity to meet with 32 year old community member and teacher, Elliou Bouma, who stated, “I am the director of the school at Gogoba. We have in effect 279 students in all. I would like to thank first of all, the donors for this new pump that you have come to install for our school. In behalf of all those who have assembled here, the leaders of the parent association, and all the people in Gogoba, thank you. Because the situation before with the pump was serious. We had a garden project here at the school, but when the pump broke down all the plants died. The school children had to walk several kilometers just to get water to drink. This water was dirty and gave the children upset stomachs. Truly with this new pump we are filled with joy. With this pump will restart our garden, wash our latrines, and have proper hygiene for our students. There is very great joy for everyone now, we are saved. What can we say or do but to give God thanks for you! Thank you!”

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Recent Project Updates

02/13/2014: Gueguere Gogoba Project Complete

We are excited to report that the community of Gueguere-Gogoba in Burkina Faso, including the local primary school, has a new source of safe, clean water.  We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : burkinafaso9047-06

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Gueguere – Gogoba, Sud-Ouest, Ioba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9047
Install Date:  02/13/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/13/2017
Well Depth:  160.00M

Visit History:
04/16/2015 — Functional
12/16/2016 — Functional
09/13/2017 — Functional
12/13/2017 — Functional


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Country Details

Burkina Faso

According to the latest UNDP report, Burkina Faso is ranked 161st out of 169 countries with comparable date in the United Nations Human Development Index. Poverty is pervasive throughout the country, and recent challenges such as outbreaks of meningitis, yellow fever, and cholera, as well as civil conflict in neighboring Côte d'Ivoire, have only added to the extreme vulnerability of the Burkinabe people.

Only about 72% of Burkina's primary school-age children are enrolled in primary school due to the costs of school supplies, insufficient infrastructure and teachers, and opportunity costs of sending a child to school when he or she could earn money for the family. The landlocked nation has few natural resources and a weak industrial base. About 90% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture, and therefore vulnerable to periodic drought.

The country has an abundance of valuable water sources, but most pumps are either in some state of disrepair or altogether non-functioning. As a result of the lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation throughout the country, there is a persistence of waterborne illnesses like diarrhea and cholera. The most cost-effective and efficient way for TWP and our partners to affect change for Burkina Faso's thirsty is to rehabilitate these water sources: replacing hand pumps, repairing broken parts, sealing open wells—doing whatever is necessary to restore clean water to the people who need it most.

Partner Profile

Nearly 20 years ago, LWI set out to help the church in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. 600 million people in the world live on less than $2 a day. 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water.

In response to this need, LWI implements participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries.

LWI is a former partner of The Water Project.