Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Mar 2014

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Community Profile

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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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.