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.
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!"