Kousielle Primary School



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Country:
Burkina Faso

Program:
Wells for Burkina Faso

GPS:
Latitude 11.12
Longitude -2.95

Impact:
500 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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“I salute everyone first of all. This is a great thing that we have come to receive this new well. Where is life if you do
not have water, where is your strength? Our water slept many years, but today, thanks to God's help, water has woken up in one day only. We will not stop to give you thanks! Thanks every day!”

Camille S - Farmer



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Stories and Community Profile

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

When the team arrived, 400 community members including 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 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 and water related illnesses. After the well rehabilitation, all the local women came out the moment water started flowing again from this well, and with many empty water basins to fill. During the process of cleaning out the well with an electric submersible pump connected to a generator, the team discovered that water in the well was not abundant. Though this was discouraging to the team, water still comes and collects in the well, just not fast enough for an electric pump. Though an electric pump could not be utilized, the water supplied was sufficient for the manual hand pump installed. There are Community Health Workers in the community who are trained to provide basic medical and health care to ensure better outcomes for community families. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a Water Committee who assisted with the water project whenever possible and who is responsible for maintain the well after the team leaves the area. Most residents are of Protestant, Muslim or Catholic faith and with continued support from nearby churches, the Gospel will continue to be shared with community families through the provision of safe drinking water.

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 had an opportunity to meet with 53 year old community member, housewife and farmer, Camille Somda, who shared, “I salute everyone first of all. This is a great thing that we have come to receive this new well. Where is life if you do not have water, where is your strength? Our water slept many years, but today, thanks to God’s help, water has woken up in one day only. We will not stop to give you thanks! Thanks every day!”


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Recent Project Updates


04/01/2014: Kousielle Primary School Project Complete

After some delays in reporting, we are excited to announce that Kousielle Primary School in Burkina Faso has a new source of safe, clean water.  The community has 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 : burkinafaso9052-18


Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Koper (Kpai - Kpai Bagane), Sud-Ouest, Ioba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9052
Install Date:  04/01/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Functional
Last Visit: 12/06/2017
Well Depth:  148.00M

Visit History:
04/29/2015 — Functional
12/23/2016 — Functional
11/07/2017 — Functional
12/06/2017 — Functional




Contributors

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.