Kpai Bagane Community

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.11
Longitude -2.95

500 Served

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

When the Living Water Burkina Faso team arrived, 400 families and a local school were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well, various forms of surface water, tube wells and a protected hand dug well all located over 10 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 water related illnesses. Most residents are of Protestant, Catholic or Muslim faith and were all provided safe drinking water in Jesus’ name. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a Water Committee who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and who is responsible for maintaining the well after the team leaves the area.

Hygiene Promotion
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.

Community Member Interview 
The Living Water Burkina Faso team met with 54 year old community member, farmer and Village Counselor, Eugene Somda, who stated, “On behalf of the Association Krista Lawyir of Dano who are in our village, welcome! Our pump was broken down a long time and all the people suffered because of a lack of clean water. Everyone used water in the small hand dug wells and in the creek where water was not clean and gave them many illnesses. Today, thanks to the Association Krista Lawyir and their partners, and their workers who have helped us realize clean water. They have changed everything for us, added more pipes to get water from the well. I know that now we will always have water in the village. I want to thank very much the Association Krista Lawyir and their partners for doing their work with us. That God give them a long life and much support to continue in this domain. I ask that they always return to our vast village and see the suffering of the people. I want to thank also all the people who came out to assist in this project. Now, we lift our hands to say thank you.”

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Recent Project Updates

04/01/2014: Kpai Bagane Project Complete

After some delays in getting reports together, we are excited to announce that the project to restore a well for the community of Kpai Bagane, Burkina Faso, is complete. The community also received training in sanitation and hygiene which will help stop the spread of disease. 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 : burkinafaso9051-09

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Koper (Kpai - Kpai Bagane), Sud-Ouest, Ioba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9051
Install Date:  04/01/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 12/13/2017
Well Depth:  197.00M


We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
04/29/2015 — Functional
12/23/2016 — Needs Repair
11/07/2017 — Functional
12/13/2017 — Needs Repair

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.