Wan Community

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 10.87
Longitude -3.51

500 Served

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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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Recent Project Updates

07/01/2014: Wan Community Project Completed

We are excited to report that the community of Wan, Burkina Faso, including a primary school, has a new source of safe, clean water.  A broken well has been repaired, and the community have received training in sanitation and hygiene.  Together, these resources will help stop the spread of disease, giving the students more opportunity to learn and dream and achieve!  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:  Wan, Dapouro, Bondigui, Sud-Ouest, Bougouriba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9057
Install Date:  07/01/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/13/2017
Well Depth:  177.00M

Visit History:
04/14/2015 — Functional
12/20/2016 — Functional
11/07/2017 — Functional
12/13/2017 — 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.