Wan Primary School

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 10.86
Longitude -3.50

150 Served

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Truly the teachers of the children are very happy, along with the children, and all the population of Wan. May God accompany you and bless you. Thank you!

Kam - Community Member

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Stories and Community Profile

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

Community Details

 The community of Wan knows the value of clean water and is engaged in the protection of their wells and the maintenance of their pumps. In fact, this well at the primary school was created by “Friends of the Village.” In this village area there are currently 6 deep water wells, 2 of which are broken down, and 1 of which does not produce drinkable water. There are 4 hand-dug wells but they have all dried up at some point during the year. After the Living Water team explained the process for collaboration in rehabilitating this broken down well, they were pleased to comply in every way and offer their support. A village meeting was first conducted with the village chief, the village councilor, the president of the village community development, the director of the school, and the president of the local water well committee. The community of Wan is fully engaged in the protection of the three water well rehabilitations that have been implemented by the Living Water team in their village. They established a 6 person water user committee who assisted the team during the construction of each project and who were trained to maintain their wells and appropriately manage their water resources. All the pumps that were broken have been restored and have changed the people of Wan. They are, according the a Living Water drill team member, “very happy!”

Wan Primary School only has 57 students, but the entire community will benefit from this restored well.

Hygiene Promotion

The Living Water team addressed the following hygiene lessons with 96 participants including; 38 men, 45 women and 13 children: Germs, hand washing, proper techniques, water saving methods, good-bad hygiene behaviors, proper care of the pump and keeping the water clean. The team used flip charts and participatory methods to share these lessons with community families. 

During the hygiene promotion a grateful participant and beneficiary commented, “We are very happy with the pump that your project has brought to us here in Wan. The hygiene training is very interesting to us. It has permitted us to access clean water always and guard our pump in a good state in order to keep away illnesses. We are very excited with all that has been done!”

Community Member Interview

Community member and housewife, Kam, shared her appreciation for access to an improved water source, more for the school students than for herself. She shared, “We here at the Maternal School (Preschool) of Wan suffered a lot when our pump broke down, and we had lots of trouble finding drinking water for the children. Since the beginning of this school year, which started in September 2013, we had to go very far to search for water for the children to drink and to make cook with. I want to say that today, I am very happy because the pump is restored! The primary school will be in good condition now to facilitate drinking water for the children and also to prepare their food. I believe also that this pump being restored will help our village a lot. Truly the teachers of the children are very happy, along with the children, and all the population of Wan. May God accompany you and bless you. Thank you!”

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Recent Project Updates

07/28/2014: Wan Community School Project Complete

We are excited to report that Wan Community School in Burkina Faso has a new source of safe, clean water.  A broken well has been repaired and restored, and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  Together, these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease among 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 : burkinafaso9061-14

Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Wan, Quartier, Dansiemou, Commune, Bondigui, Sud-Ouest, Bougouriba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9061
Install Date:  07/28/2014


McConnellstown Church of the Nazarene/Bellefonte Faith United Methodist Church
St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church/Van Benthem
Fishing Creek Baptist Church
1 individual donor(s)

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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.