Zanawa Community

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 10.97
Longitude -3.56

500 Served

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

Community Details
When the Living Water Burkina Faso team arrived in Zanawa Community to rehabilitate the community’s well, 187 families, a primary school and 2 local churches were primarily using a rope and bucket to draw water from an open well to sustain the entirety of their water needs! Other water sources depended on by the community were: 3 unprotected hand dug wells, an unprotected spring, tube wells, 2 protected dug wells and various forms of surface water. Because of the community’s dependence on these unsafe water sources and their practice of open defecation, families were suffering from typhoid, malaria, cholera, dysentery, diarrhea and severe dehydration. The school has access to a pit latrine with a slab that is not solely used. During the implementation of the water project, the team suffered in the hot sun, a team member commented, “The sun was very hot while we worked, beating down upon us and there was no shade.” The team worked through this obstacle diligently to restore safe drinking water in Zanawa Community and the community worked diligently along side the team to help support their efforts! Community members took it upon themselves to establish a water committee consisting of 6 men who provided materials for the project, assisted with labor including the re-construction of the well drain and are excited to help take care of their restored water source! The community also established a self help group and community health club who share a common goal with community health workers to
help better community outcomes and play an impactful role encouraging the adoption of good hygiene behaviors. There are 2 other NGOs working in the area: PAP and PABSP who are working to help promote agriculture including rice cultivation and the planting of gardens. 

Though there are many Christians in the community, there are also several of Muslim faith. The 2 local churches are committed to continuing to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with these families and to help cultivate believers! The church will now be able to use the provision of safe drinking water as an entry-point to sharing the good news with community families.

Hygiene Promotion
During the hygiene education and using the Living Water Traditional method the team discussed with 222 participants, using a participatory method: Germs, hand washing- proper techniques and water saving methods, good-bad hygiene behaviors, proper care of the pump and keeping the water clean. 

After the hygiene education, a participant commented, “Concerning our health, the hygiene instructor gave us a good teaching on how to maintain our pump and keep the well site free from contamination. This also permits us to safe-guard clean water which will help us avoid getting sick. Thank you!”

Community Member Interview
The Living Water team met with 39-year-old community member and school principle, Sanon, who stated, “Truly this is a real pleasure for us. It’s been a long while since the pump broke down. It’s a pleasure to see water pumped out of the school well again. The students are proud of the rehabilitation of the pump. We are very satisfied!”

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Recent Project Updates

05/22/2014: Zanawa Community Project Completed

We are excited to report that a water project has been completed in the village of Zanawa, Burkina Faso.  A broken well has been restored so that it is a dependable source of safe, clean water.  In addition to the new well, the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  Together, these two resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease within the community.  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 : burkinafaso9055-22-thank-you

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Zanawa, Quartier Central, Bondigui, Sud-Ouest, Bougouriba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9055
Install Date:  05/22/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/13/2017
Well Depth:  133.00M

Visit History:
04/14/2015 — Functional
12/30/2016 — Functional
11/07/2017 — Functional
12/13/2017 — Functional


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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.