Bougouriba Community

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.87
Longitude -3.41

150 Served

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What I have seen today went straight to my heart. You have changed everything with this
pump. I, and our village, am full of joy.

Ouattara - Mayor Adjunct

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Stories and Community Profile

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

Community Details
“You have changed everything with this pump.” Elated to have secured access to an improved water source, 150 residents thanked Living Water and The Water Project for their help. The Lord was glorified through good works from the team throughout the week. During the well rehabilitation, the community was also involved and formed a 6-person Water Committee who also worked alongside the team to help secure water and who will likewise help to maintain the restored well. 

In the south, the Living Water Burkina Faso team has expanded from the Bondigui commune to the Dolo commune, where the town Mayor has been very supportive of the team’s arrival and work in the area. There are many desperate communities surviving in the Dolo commune who, like Bougouriba, suffer the perils of walking long distances to collect unsafe water from unprotected wells, tube wells and springs. Desperate for immediate change, community leaders sought help from Living Water while the team was working in a nearby community. Since there are so many broken-down wells in the region, mayors from neighboring communes have come together to work alongside the Living Water team to accomplish clean water sources with durable materials and processes to ensure longevity of these precious pumps. The diversity among the communes is great, as they are comprised of five different people groups and languages. The local church is working tobring these physically and spiritually thirsty groups together, through the provision of safe drinking water. Using the well rehabilitation for God’s glory in Bougouriba was just this – a physical and spiritual success.

Hygiene Promotion
“We are very happy to you have come to train us, and it’s very good for our population,” shared one of 84 people that attended Hygiene Promotion. “We are going to do all the things you informed us, and will pass this information along to other villages, so they can learn the value of these good teachings. Thank you for giving us good counsel.” Lack of adequate hygiene and sanitation practices were evident in the community, as open defecation, among other unsafe behaviors, was openly practiced. Dangerous illness was also widespread in the commune, specifically in Bougouriba, as malaria, cholera, dysentery and typhoid had affected many homes. During the hygiene and sanitation education, 184 people, including: 48 men, 25 women and 11 children, excitedly gathered to learn about the life-saving hygiene lessons promoted throughout the week. Using the Living Water Traditional Method, the team shared five principle hygiene lessons including germs, hand washing-proper techniques and water saving methods, good-bad hygiene behaviors, proper care of the pump and keeping the water clean. The lessons were all taught in a participatory method to help beneficiaries understand and discover new ways to implement community-driven solutions as they relate to making good hygiene and sanitation choices. 

Community Member Interview
“It’s been two years and some months since our pump has been broken down,” shared 46-year-old community member and Mayor Adjunct, Ouattara. “The Water Committees are functional, but with the collection fees, and since all of the other wells were broken down in the area, it was hard to find water. What I have seen today went straight to my heart. You have changed everything with this pump. I, and our village, am full of joy.”

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Recent Project Updates

08/26/2014: Bougouriba Community Project Complete

We are very excited to report that the community of Bougouriba in Burkina Faso has a new source of safe, clean water.  A well has been 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.  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 : burkinafaso9063-07

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Bougouriba, Dolo, Sud-Ouest, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9063
Install Date:  08/26/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/13/2017
Well Depth:  148.00M

Visit History:
05/11/2015 — Functional
12/30/2016 — 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.