Habre Village

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Burkina Faso

Wells for Burkina Faso

Latitude 10.87
Longitude -3.03

400 Served

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

Community Details

Thirsty and desperate for safe drinking water, community leaders in Habre Village in the Zambo Commune of Burkina Faso sought help from the Living Water Burkina Faso team to end a personal water crisis lived daily by 87 families and a primary school with 210 pupils. The water options available in Habre Village were: four unprotected hand-dug wells, surface water, two tube wells and two protected hand-dug wells. Though the community had access to an improved water point, their well was slow producing water and was unable to support the needs of this growing community and school. Because of this, families and pupils started seeking water elsewhere—this action had consequently lead to the entry of water-related illnesses, including cholera, dysentery, typhoid and malaria. When the Living Water team entered the community to restore their water point, an absence of sufficient, safe drinking water was not the only condition suffered by families, as unsafe hygiene practices, including open defecation, were also a pervasive side effect of uninformed hygiene and sanitation choices. The Living Water team was able to restore the community’s water point by replacing the pump head, pump handle, pump base, pump rod-sucker rods, pump reservoir-water tank, rising main-drop pipe, cylinder, chain and cylinder seal assembly. This community and primary school, once burdened by poor hygiene and unsafe drinking water, is burdened no more. The rehabilitation of this improved water point also supports
work being done through the PIGEPE small scale irrigation project that provides hand-dug wells, compost pits, rock bundling and drop irrigation for gardens in Africa. To keep safe water in their community, families assembled a six-person, gender-equal Water Committee, that will not only work to ensure safe water remains accessible in the community, but also supplied the Living Water team with materials and labor and security over the drilling equipment during the night. The Water Committee was also willing to be trained to maintain their improved water point and manage its water resources.

During the construction of the improved water point, the pastor and congregation from the Assembly of God church worked with the team as well. The church pastor shared the gospel alongside the Living Water team and is committed to following up with families, now using the provision of safe drinking water as an entry-point to sharing the Good News!

Hygiene Promotion

“Our gratitude and thanks to your association and all the partners who helped us with this grand work,” shared a beneficiary. “We ask God, the All Powerful, to give you grace and protection that you may continue your work for God.” To allow Habre Village the full benefits of truly knowing safe water, the Living Water team, using a 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, shared life-saving hygiene and sanitation lessons with 165 beneficiaries. The lessons addressed are: germs, hand washing-proper techniques and water saving methods, good-bad hygiene behaviors, proper care of the pump and keeping the water clean. After the lessons, a beneficiary shared, “We are satisfied to receive these lessons in hygiene that you have come to teach our students today. It’s a great help for the school, because it permits the students to better understand that hygiene and sanitation protects everyone from falling sick.”

Community Member Interview
“First of all, I want to thank you for thinking of us,” shared 40-year-old beneficiary and schoolteacher, Sie. “This pump was about worn out. I thought that with this new school year, this rehabilitation would help our administration, teachers, students and also the village. I am going to transmit this action with my superiors in government. May God help this project to go far and come to the aid of other villages that suffer—water in the middle of social life is the source of life. I thank you infinitely.”

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Recent Project Updates

12/18/2014: Habre Village Project Complete

We are excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, Habre Village in Burkina Faso has a new source of safe, clean water. A broken 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 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 : burkinafaso9068-15

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Habre Village, Zambo Commune, Sud-Ouest, Ioba, Burkina Faso
ProjectID: 9068
Install Date:  12/18/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/14/2017
Well Depth:  85.00M

Visit History:
05/08/2015 — Functional
12/31/2016 — Functional
11/07/2017 — Functional
12/14/2017 — 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.