Bondigui Community



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Country:
Burkina Faso

Program:
Wells for Burkina Faso

GPS:
Latitude 10.91
Longitude -3.50

Impact:
500 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and Community Profile

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

Community Details

When the Living Water Burkina Faso team arrived in blazing hot Bondigui Community, which is located 11 degrees north of the equator surrounded by desert sand on the north, there were 509 families, a health clinic and 2 churches who were struggling to find drinking water. Because of the extremity of their water situation, 8 unprotected wells, various forms of surface water, 9 tube wells and 10 protected hand dug wells were being utilized to meet 509 families’ most basic water needs. Those residing in Bondigui have access to shared communal facilities, though most continue to practice open defecation. The team further addressed this poor hygienic habit during hygiene promotion, where they emphasized the importance of using only the shared communal facilities for defecation purposes. During the well rehabilitation, community members established a water committee comprised of 4 men and 2 women who assisted the team with the rehabilitation when possible and supplied any materials they had available. This committee was also trained to manage the community’s water supply and maintain the well.

Hygiene Promotion

During the hygiene education, the following principle hygiene issues were addressed with 76 participants: Germs, hand washing – proper techniques and water saving methods, good-bad hygiene behaviors, proper care of the 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. 

During the hygiene education a participant commented on his excitement over having new knowledge on safe hygiene behaviors, “The Lord’s will has permitted us to have clean water and also to gain the good health in our village!”

Community Member Interview

The Living Water team had an opportunity to meet with 42-year-old community member, community water manager, mayor and farmer, Sie, who commented, “I want to thank you for this rehabilitation that you have come to do in the center of our village. Clean water at this area of the community is always insufficient. We cannot thank you if it’s not for the good works of the all-powerful. Together the authorities of the community wish you always a good welcome for your partnership that you have brought here in our community in the domain of clean water. We are very proud of all the activities, past, present, and also in the future!”


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Recent Project Updates


07/01/2014: Bondigui Community Project Completed

We are excited to report that the community of Bondigui, Burkina Faso, has a new source of safe, clean water.  A broken well has been restored and repaired so that is a dependable resource.  The community has also received training in sanitation and hygiene.  Together, these resources will go a long way toward stopping 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 : burkinafaso9056-09


Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Bondigui, Djardjatourie, Bondugui, Sud-Ouest, Bougouriba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9056
Install Date:  07/01/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Functional
Last Visit: 12/20/2016
Well Depth:  236.00M

Visit History:
04/14/2015 — Functional
12/20/2016 — Functional




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Project Sponsor - Yakima Foursquare Church


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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.