Burkina Faso is increasingly affected by climate change and desertification, creating difficulties in accessing water sources which where once reliable. Our work is carried out in rural communities that are often overlooked. We work at a grass roots level, and include the communities in the whole process from decision making through to long term sustainability.
Beneficiaries & Need
The population in Kogdasali is approximately 3,000 people; consisting of 2,460 Adults and 540 children. Due to climate change the well they currently have is drying up as water tables reduce and the water sources become increasingly contaminated due to soil and debris. The effect of this is people have to travel further to find water which is also often contaminated due to it coming from stagnant rivers or ponds. There are no latrines. This means the women use bushes or go behind their homes when it is dark. This leads to soil in residential areas often becoming contaminated, spreading disease. By providing latrines disease can be reduced and the ladies will have the dignity of having private secure facilities. The current well is both unsafe and unprotected. The funds would increase the depth of the well from 12 metres to 20 metres, a surround, pump and concrete lining will be installed along with the width of the well being increased. A trough will also be built which is attached to the well for livestock.
Our overall projects covering Senegal and Burkina Faso will assist an estimated population of 30,000 to 40,000. Women and children gain the greatest impact as they are often the main water carriers and affected by lack of sanitation.
Sustainability is one of our core values. The formation of water and sanitation committees brings together representatives from all of the community, including women, children, the elderly and disabled. If we can teach a people to look after themselves and maintain their own facilities then this reduces the likelihood we will need to visit them again. The committee’s role is to oversee and manage the building of the facilities, liaise with stakeholders, increase knowledge of the link between hygiene and disease, and maintain the facilities in the future. They also encourage voluntary donations from those who can afford it (more affluent members of the community) when collecting water to go to a fund for any necessary repairs in the future.
These procedures are in place to ensure the sustainability of our work; however, the long term development of a community is achieved by their own progression once their basic needs have been met.
Recent Project in Burkina Faso