AHS WATER PROJECT Gnibare Village Burkina Faso Africa 11/13/2012 Gnibare Project Complete! We are excited to report that the village of Gnibare, Burkina Faso, has a newly restored, fully functional well, supplying safe, clean water for the community. Most community member’s subsistence farm or teach at the nearby school to earn a living. The school is located one kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. WHERE? Gnibare Village Burkina Faso Use this link to see where Burkina Faso is on the African continent. It is a landlocked country fraught with many difficulties. •http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&q=11. 188883,-3.153483&ll=11.188883,3.153483&z=17 WHO? Living Water International • LWI is based in Houston, Texas • Implements participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries. • Since it started almost 20 years ago, it has completed water projects for 7,000 communities in 26 countries. • LWI trains and equips locals to implement solutions and care for their wells. Burkina Faso • Ranked 161st out of 169 countries with comparable date in the United Nations Human Development Index. • Poverty is pervasive • Recent challenges such as outbreaks of meningitis, yellow fever, and cholera, as well as civil conflict in neighboring Côte d'Ivoire, have only added to the extreme vulnerability of the Burkinabe people. Burkina Faso • As a result of the lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation throughout the country, there is a persistence of waterborne illnesses like diarrhea and cholera. • Most projects in the area are to restore or refurbish wells that are broken or in disrepair. Burkina Faso…Workers Notes from the Field… • It was quite memorable to be greeted by the church and village leaders with dancing and singing as we pulled into the village. • As the women danced and sang, we installed the new materials and realized clean fresh water to quench their thirst and meet their daily needs. The LWI Burkina Faso team had an opportunity to meet with sixty-three year old community member and farmer, Ziniyel Some, who stated, "We don't know how to thank you. Because of you we have clean water to drink. Before our women had to gather water where the animals drank (above). It was dirty. Your work today has saved us because we have clean water. We are very happy." Gnibare Village Well This is what the pump looks like. There is a wall around it to protect it from damage and discourage theft. It will serve approximately 900 community members. Kids Enjoy the Water WELL DONE, ANNAPOLIS! • You have changed many lives with your generosity! • SHEWS will continue its mission to help those beyond these borders. • Please come and participate in SHEWS! See Mrs. Fynan in room 6.