Sahore Village

Water Point
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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 11.19
Longitude -3.22

300 Served

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

Community Details

Working through heavy rainfall to secure safe drinking water that was intended to benefit 84 families living in Sahore Village, the Living Water drill team persisted. Unsafe water had plagued the community for far too long and had forced residents to depend on unprotected wells, tube wells, protected hand-dug wells and various forms of surface water to sustain their immediate water needs. The perpetuating cycle of suffering did not end with unsafe water, as the community existed with daily burdens caused by disease, including: cholera, dysentery, typhoid and malaria, among other preventable water-related illnesses. The community’s practice of open defecation coupled with other poor hygiene and sanitation choices also contributed to productive days lost. Ready to end their long-time suffering and knowing safe water was foundational to restored health and community development, church leaders contacted the Living Water team while Living Water was working in a neighboring village and asked for help. Living Water responded!

Not only is safe water essential for community development and good health, but the safe water successfully secured in Sahore Village will also help support efforts being made by the government of Burkina Faso through PABSO and PNGTII projects that are geared towards aiding Lowland Management Projects and Second National Rural Development Programs in the southwest region of the country. Together, these groups have an end goal of providing compost pits, wells and gardens in the rural, developing Ioba Province of Burkina Faso.

Before drilling commenced, the team held a meeting with the community Chief, Government Councilor, President of the Community Village and the Church Pastor, along with a handful of other community leaders. In all, there were 67 people (21 men and 46 women) present for the meeting, where the team introduced the project approach and discussed areas of work that needed community involvement. During the construction of the improved water point, the community established a six-person Water Committee that provided labor, materials, security over the team’s equipment and meals for the team. The Living Water team not only encouraged community participation through initial community involvement, but also encouraged long-term involvement through the provision of well maintenance and water resource management trainings. The community and the Water Committee, who spearheaded community involvement on behalf of the community, agreed to improve the sanitation around the well site by building a canal, animal trough and soak drain pit. The local mayor worked with the Water Committee to help them understand their current and long-term roles for supporting the improved water point and ensuring the well site stayed clean and the water remained uncontaminated for many years to come. Behavior change, as it relates to hygiene and sanitation, is not an easy feat in rural, developing areas of the world. To help encourage the upkeep of the improved water point, the community opened a bank account to help finance any necessary future repairs and initiated the start-up fund with a $50 USD deposit.

The local Catholic church played an active role, as well, in the restoration of the improved water point and worked alongside the Living Water team to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, who alone satisfies the deepest thirst, with 470 people (205 men, 160 women and 105 children). The church is revered, in this area, as a water resource leader because of its continued and extensive involvement helping secure safe drinking water in physically and spiritually thirsty communities. It is one of Living Water’s goals to ensure the church retains their “heroes’” status among the people in the Ioba Province of Burkina Faso – keeping doors to the gospel open for this generation and the next.

Hygiene Promotion

“The sanitation around the well site is improved as the people of the community put their hands together to make improvements themselves,” shared an encouraged Living Water Hygiene and Sanitation team member. “They reconstructed the water canal and animal trough that carries excess water from the well site, and they dug a drain pit and covers the trough so that water can spread into the soil without creating additional sanitation problems.” To further the benefits of having restored access to an improved water source, the Living Water team shared life-saving hygiene and sanitation lessons using the LWI Traditional Method, which is a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices and implement community-driven solutions, with 310 people (70 men, 190 women and 50 children). Some of the lessons taught were: germs, hand washing-proper techniques and water saving methods, good-bad hygiene behaviors, proper care of the pump and keeping the water clean.

Community Member Interview

“Our pump was broken down and we suffered many months without clean water here,” shared 67-year-old community member and farmer, Nouon. “It happened that the women of the village had to leave and go to neighboring villages to search for water. Truly, we did not have the money to repair this pump. It kept breaking down because the parts were rusting. Thanks to God and our church (AKLY) here, the pump is repaired with many things. I am very happy in my heart and also joy rests in the hearts of our community. We will thank God and you for this good work you have done. Thank you.”

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Recent Project Updates

11/13/2014: Sahore Village Project Complete

We are excited to report that, thanks to your help, Sahore Village in Burkina Faso has a new source of safe, clean water. An unprotected, unsafe 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 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!

The Water Project : burkinafaso9066-11

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Sahore (Village), Sahore Centre (Quartier), Gueguere (Commune), Sud- Ouest, Ioba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9066
Install Date:  11/13/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/21/2017
Well Depth:  92.00M

Visit History:
04/27/2015 — Functional
12/15/2016 — Functional
05/31/2017 — Functional
09/05/2017 — Functional
11/21/2017 — 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.