Our Current Project

Water is precious in landlocked Burkina Faso, West Africa.

From October until May (and sometimes longer), a hot, dry wind from the Sahara sweeps across the plains and hills. No rain falls and most rivers dry up. For many, life is a struggle.

The country has made good progress on water in the past 20 years. In 2001, the Water Act recognised the importance of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. The Government has since created five protected water basins.

But big challenges remain. Local governments responsible for water and sanitation services do not have the funding or skills to manage them. Long walks for water have become normal.

A note from our representative in Burkina Faso:

The time spent to go to the nearest well depends on the means of transport used and the wait time compared to the number of people present at the well because the containers are filled in turn and in order of arrival. It takes an average of one to two hours of time to get the water and go back to the village.

The water is filled in cans and barrels and transported to the well head, by bicycle or by cart.

Because here we have very extended families, women must do several laps between the well and the village to satisfy the daily needs of the water depending on the size of their family.

Roger Tougouma (HBFC representative)

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Arial view of Dakonsin.
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Bowls set out to
collect rain water.
Coming back from the well
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Water container storage.