Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Feb 2014

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Community Profile

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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Well rehabilitation is one of the most cost effective ways to bring clean, safe water to a community.  Sometimes it involves fixing a broken hand pump, other times it means sealing a hand dug well to prevent it from being contaminated.  These repairs, and often time total replacements, coupled with sanitation and hygiene training make a huge impact in communities.


Project Sponsor - Bill and Kim Ackerman