Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Apr 2014

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Community Profile

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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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.