Africa Burkina Faso Girl Water Facility
Beneficiaries100,000
2012 — 20175 years
StatusOngoing
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO REACH OUT TO THE PEOPLE OF BURKINA FASO?
Diane BachandProject Manager, Africa

Primarily because Burkina Faso has one of the world’s lowest indexes for human development. When you know that half of its population lives in extreme poverty, surviving on less than $1.25 per day, it seems like an obvious choice. In the Cascades and Hauts-Bassins region, less than 56% of the population has access to safe water. Many different factors, including informal mining and extensive sugar cane culture, jeopardize local access to water. Also, there has been a significant decrease in rainfall over the last few years, diminishing the natural replenishment of its water sources.

OUR KEY STRATEGIES

Because of the initial lack of a management structure in the intervention zone, the project requires important efforts to deploy a governance system. Water Users associations and Water Point committees are now in place to ensure the sound handling of the infrastructures. Moreover, theater shows are produced as part of the project to educate and mobilize the population. Inspired by the local oral tradition called Kotéba, traditional characters, such as the Chief and the Griot, are integrated into the plays to build on local ties and promote self-identification. Female characters with strong leadership skills are also introduced to foster gender equality. Local actors and authorities benefit from many training activities aimed at reinforcing their skills and building their capacities. Also, as of right now, 1,092 people benefited from participating in trainings aimed at increasing their financial autonomy.

HOW DID THIS PROJECT HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE?
Kone Siaka

Most people are not suffering from water-related diseases anymore. Now that the water points are closer, women have more time for domestic work and productive activities. Following the artistic activities, villagers changed their behaviors for the better. Life in the village is pleasant.

47,290
people

with access to an improved water source

100,000
people or more

were educated about water issues through touring shows, radio theater and other artistic activities

147
Water point committees

have been formed, providing all water points with a formal management structure

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The extension of the drinkable water system supply provides 18,400 people access to safe water.
The extension of the drinkable water system supply provides 18,400 people access to safe water.
Children watching a play about water and sanitation.
Children watching a play about water and sanitation.
Workshops are held to train local populations on money-management strategies.
Workshops are held to train local populations on money-management strategies.
Up to now, around 73,000 people were reached with social art initiatives about water and sanitation issues.
Up to now, around 73,000 people were reached with social art initiatives about water and sanitation issues.
Workers drilled new community wells.
Workers drilled new community wells.
Microloans allow local populations to increase their production and generate more revenue.
Microloans allow local populations to increase their production and generate more revenue.
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key partners for the project

MAJOR FUNDING SOURCES
Cæsars Interactive Entertainment, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, La Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins, Rotary

PROJECT COLLABORATOR
Oxfam-Québec

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