The need for clean water in Burkina Faso is undeniable. The UN estimates that somewhere between 1 in 2 to 1 in 3 Burkinabe do not have access to clean water in rural areas.


According to the United Nations, access is not defined as being connected to a public system, but rather, "a convenient distance from users dwelling."

Once you consider your potential investment in the people of Burkina Faso at length, you will find that "convenience" is the least of their worries:

  • 1 in every 3.4 children die in Burkina Faso before the age of 10.
  • 39% of children under the age of 5 are underweight.
  • AIDS and Malaria are factors, but the greatest contributor is dirty water.
  • Women and children walk long distances to find any water source at all.

When a water source is producing clean water from a well, and is close to home, the changes in the quality of life and health can transform and change the trajectory of whole communities. Crops are more easily grown and in greater varieties, creating more economic opportunity. Women and children are not exposed to the dangers of walking thorugh the African bush on their own. Families spend more time together.

Drilled Wells

Drilled wells are the best solution for providing clean water for a community year round. A drilled well provides triple the capacity of a hand dug well.

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Hand-Dug Wells

Hand-dug wells, also referred to as a seasonal aquafor, are accomplished when you dig down far enough to find water during the dry season (January - May). We work with Burkinabe partners that dig, create a concrete sleeve on the inside of the well, provide a cap for security, and construct the well on a raised platform to prevent contamination from wandering wild life.

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VIDEO: The Impact of Wells on a Community