Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Jul 2014

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Community Profile

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

Community Details

When the team arrived in Wan Community to rehabilitate the community’s well, they made an observation about the current water source depended on by 281 families and a primary school with 346 students. When the water was collected sediment deposits were visible in the bottom of the water basins. Film had formed on the surface of the water, much like that of oil, and there was a strong odor coming from the water. After testing the source, observations indicated a high level of iron in the water that made the source undrinkable. Because of this, families resorted to utilizing 9 tube wells, 5 unprotected wells, 4 protected hand dug wells and a spring to help sustain their immediate water needs. Formidable access to water, much less a safe water source, coupled with the community’s practice of open defecation, had left residents of Wan in a state of hopelessness. 

After engaging with community families and meeting with community elders, the community formed a water committee comprised of 4 men and 2 women who assisted the team with a successful well rehabilitation! The water committee was also trained, during this time, on how to manage the water source and maintain the well, as it will be their primary responsibility. 

The local church was also involved with the rehabilitation, and worked alongside the team for the duration of the project. As the community is predominantly Muslim, this was the first time that many had ever been exposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The local church seized this opportunity to use access to safe drinking water as an entry-point to sharing the good news with the unreached!

Hygiene Promotion

During the hygiene education, the team addressed the following principle issues: 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. 

"The teachers are very excited to realize this marvelous project that you have done at the primary school of Wan. Your hygiene training has strengthened our hearts concerning health and hygiene. It permits us to show the students that it is not only the teachers who are trying to teach them these things!" – Encouraged Resident of Wan, Burkina Faso

Community Member Interview
"Our pump was polluted; the children were exposed to illnesses that we did not know. With the arrival of this project it has truly excited us. Truly we are very happy that this has permitted the school children to have clean water very close to them. Because before, the children had to travel long distances to have water to drink. This project has permitted us also to accelerate our activities at the school. I think that all the children will be happy to drink water from this well again! We thank you infinitively!" – Sanou Ibrahim

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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.