Last spring, ONE DROP launched a brand-new water-access and management project in Burkina Faso. The initiative has been going well since. As part of this project, ONE DROP will be working with five communities in the Cascades and Hauts-Bassins regions, located in the southwestern part of this country in Sahelian Africa.
"With this project, ONE DROP is entering a new part of the world. We have never been to Africa until now. We are very pleased to be helping provide better access to water in West Africa, a region facing major challenges," said Danielle Valiquette, Director of International Cooperation and Development.
The water-access components of the project will focus mainly on protection and rehabilitation of the resource. "Industrial overexploitation of the region has reduced the number of water sources accessible to the population. Only two such sources remain. Unfortunately, they are contaminated due to the lack of sound resource management," continued Ms. Valiquette. To give communities access to safe water, drilling new wells will form the core of ONE DROP's action.
In this part of the world, water supply is centrally dependent on the dedication of women, who often walk several hours every day to bring this invaluable resource home. The newly drilled wells will therefore become strategic community resources, capable of providing water to up to 500 people. Their nearby location will also save women several hours per day that they will be able to spend on numerous other family responsibilities, on educating children or perhaps even on activities that will generate income for the family.
ONE DROP’s Project Burkina Faso was rendered possible thanks to the financial support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.