Dolo Community

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 10.88
Longitude -3.41

500 Served

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

Community Details

When the Living Water Burkina Faso team arrived in Dolo to restore access to safe water for 150 families, the well was contaminated with iron, and the bearings were worn. The people were using a hand dug well, 15 meters deep with a small opening, close to the well for water. The water quality in the well was so poor that the people said they could hardly drink it! The community, including children, drank dolo beer instead of water because the water from the hand dug well was so bad! There were no problems encountered during the removal, cleaning and installation of the new materials. The Living Water team installed stainless steel pipes, rods and a cylinder to restore the well. During the restoration of the well, a six-person Water Committee assisted the team whenever possible. This committee is responsible for helping maintain the well after the team leaves the area and will mange the water resources to ensure safe drinking water is available for many years to come!

Although safe water was restored, the community still practices unsafe hygiene behaviors, including open defecation. During the Hygiene Promotion, the Living Water team discouraged this practice and emphasized the dangers open defecation posed. The team also shared good hygiene practices including hand washing and encouraged the sole use of pit latrines. Together with continued support from the Living Water team and Water Committee, Dolo community will have a community-sustained water source accessible for this generation and the next!

This well had a high level of iron contamination that resulted from acidic levels of water pH and cheap galvanized steel pipes. Water from the pump was black in color and after 30 minutes formed an oily substance on the top of the water. Water users commented that before our arrival, “The water would turn dark in 6 hours and make everything black, and we can’t use it for cooking or drinking. It is only good for washing clothes.” The people said, “We were afraid of this water.” To counter this problem, the team removed all the rusty pipes and materials in the well and pumped the well clean with an electric submersible pump for 1 3/4 hours until the water became clear again. Everyone was greatly pleased to see the water quality return to clean water standards.

Hygiene Promotion

The community leader commented, “The people of our village are very happy for all that you have done for us and continue to do for us. This training we have received places us in a good position for our pump to continue working and the health and hygiene training permits us to get rid of many illnesses.” During the hygiene education, the Living Water team addressed: 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 the lessons were taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices, and implement community-driven solutions.

Community Member Interview

“We were really suffering with the problem of water in our village,” shared 36-year-old community member, Kam. “Unfortunately, it has been a very difficult year for us because we have not been able to drink water from this well. There’s another quartier of the village where people from every house come to this area to search for water. Thus it is hard to get water, especially during the dry season when other sources dry up and the water is very dirty. How can we thank you for the work you have done for us. We are very satisfied!”

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Recent Project Updates

10/20/2014: Dolo Community Project Complete

We are excited to report that the Dolo Community in Burkina Faso has a new source of safe, clean water.  A broken well has been repaired, and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  Together, these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area.  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:  Dolo, Sud-Ouest, Bougouriba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9065
Install Date:  10/20/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/13/2017
Well Depth:  220.00M

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.