Moulourou Community

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.07
Longitude -3.16

500 Served

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

There was some difficulty with this project as a result of some bad feelings between different parts of the village. Some people felt they were deserving of this help, others did not. Some felt like they were not being appreciated. All in all, it was a good occasion for the team to speak of the reason why we do what we do, and whose name it is in: Water for life in Jesus’ name. When the team arrived, 500 families and several churches were dependent on various forms of surface water located a kilometer away from the community, an unprotected hand dug well located 4 kilometers away from the community, tube wells located 3 kilometers away from the community and protected hand dug wells located 7 kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. (Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  To learn more, click here.) Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. Most residents are of Protestant, Catholic or Muslim faith. The Association Krista Lawyir Church, Catholic Church and Protestant Churches all will continue to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the unreached and help cultivate new believers. The church will be able to use access to safe drinking water as an entry-point to sharing the Good News with community families; as empowerment of the local church creates a sustainable evangelical presence in the community. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a Water Committee, Self-Help Group and Women’s Health Group; all who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, supplied any materials they had available and guarded the team’s equipment during the night. Before leaving the community, the team provided the Water Committee with a Living Water Burkina Faso contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

During the hygiene education and using the Living Water Traditional Method, the following issues were addressed with 95 participants from the community and surrounding area; including the Water Committee: 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 35 year old community member and farmer, Cleophace Some, who stated, “I want to thank all those who have left their harvest work to come participate in the all the activities that you have come to see here in this village. We have seen many activities take place here in the past, but not in this domain of water. Water is the source of life. This is the first well of this village. It’s because of this well that we have built up this village full of houses. This well has broken down many times and we tried to repair it with our meager means but still it did not work. But today it’s a great joy for this village to see water flow from this well which was sitting broke down for a long time. From today, we have clean water for ourselves and our animals which are many and were without water. Thanks a lot to everyone!”

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02/13/2014: Moulourou Project Complete!

What issues stand in the way of bringing clean water?  Sometimes contamination.  Sometimes lack of access.  Sometimes even personal conflict.  In Moulourou, Burkina Faso, our partner encountered this last issue, but with patience and honesty, even this hurdle has been cleared.  We just posted a report giving information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  Take a look, read the story, and Thank You for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Moulourou, Sud-Ouest, Ioba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9048
Install Date:  02/13/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/28/2017
Well Depth:  154.00M

Visit History:
04/15/2015 — Functional
12/20/2016 — Functional
05/24/2017 — Functional
09/05/2017 — Functional
11/28/2017 — Functional

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.