Naro Bogane Community

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.18
Longitude -3.20

500 Served

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

When the team arrived 350 families including a local school were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well, various forms of surface water, 2 tube wells and 2 protected hand dug wells to meet all of their water needs. The community’s pump was no longer working and the pup base was broken and rocking in shallow cement. The team chiseled out the old pump base and du to a proper depth and installed a new pump base. This process took 4-5 days (as is expected) as team had to allow the cement time to dry well before installing the India Mark II hand pump. Because of the community’s lack of safe water sources coupled with their practice of open defecation, residents were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. There are Community Health Workers in the community who are trained to provide basic medical and preventative health care. The goal of Community Health Workers is to better overall community health outcomes. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a Water Committee who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and supplied any materials they had available. The Water Committee is also responsible for helping maintain the well after the team leaves the area. There are 2 other NGOs working in the area: ONGTII and AAP who are rock building, providing compost pits and helping community’s construct honey bee boxes.

Most residents are of Protestant, Catholic or Muslim faith. The local Association Krista Lawyir Church will continue to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the reached and unreached in this area, and will now be able to use access to safe drinking water as an entry-point to sharing the Good News with community families.

Hygiene Promotion
Using the Living Water Traditional Method, the team addressed hygiene education with 205 adults (93 men and 112 women) there were also 45 children present: Germs, Hand Washing-Proper Techniques and Water Saving Methods, Good-Bad Hygiene Behaviors, Proper Care of Pump and Keeping the Water Clean. All of these lessons are taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices, and implement community driven solutions.

Community Member Interview
The team met with 43 year old community member and farmer, Rebecca, who stated, “The village and the houses who are close to the pump suffered a lot with the problem of water when the pump was broken down. The women went very far to have clean water. God has come today to their aid; the entire village has seen the grace of God poured out. Our Christian brothers have come in the name of God, repaired the pump, and clean water is in the village again. It’s because of this that there is joy here in the place. We have to thank God also; we have nothing for Him if only to give him thanks. We thank God because He is higher than us, He is stronger than all things, and He has done everything good. He has done a miraculous thing for us today. We place everything in His hands. With the worship of God, our lives have changed a lot. I thank you for clean water and for the worship of God also.”

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Recent Project Updates

03/26/2014: Naro Bogane Project Completed

We are excited to report that the community of Naro Bogane, Burkina Faso, has a new source of safe, clean water.  In addition to the restored well, 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!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Naro Bagane, Sud-Ouest, Ioba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9054
Install Date:  03/26/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/18/2017
Well Depth:  95.00M

Visit History:
04/27/2015 — Functional
12/15/2016 — Functional
12/15/2016 — Functional
05/31/2017 — Functional
09/05/2017 — Functional
11/18/2017 — 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.