The Kona Village Water Project

This project will bring clean water and sanitation to the people of Kona in Burkina Faso.
The Problem

Kona is located in southwest Burkina Faso, and is home to roughly 32,000 people. It is characterized by extreme poverty and a dry climate that struggles with severe drought nine months of the year. During the three-month rainy season, households collect water from open, unsafe wells. In the dry season, when the wells dry up, women and girls can walk up to 10 kilometers daily to collect water from rivers. The water sources are infected with organic waste because there are no toilets in the community, and can cause painful diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and typhoid. The open sewage also serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and thus malaria.

The Project

This initiative in Kona is an International Needs W.A.S.H. project (water, sanitation, and hygiene) with three primary components:

  1. Two boreholes that will provide a sustainable supply of clean water to the residents of Kona.
  2. Five badly needed latrines.
  3. Education for the community on principles of health and sanitation to improve health and reduce water-borne illness.
Your Gift Will Transform the Lives of People in Kona

A local source of water will improve gender equity in the community, where women and girls are impacted disproportionately by the water crisis.

Girls will be able to stay in school, rather than walking long distances to fetch water. Currently, girls collect water before and after school, and because of the distance, arrive late to school late and leave early, or just skip class entirely. More consistent school attendance sets them up for greater success in life.

Women will save hours a day. Once the water becomes available close to home, there will be no need to waste hours a day fetching water. Women will be able to spend time on more important household activities. Some will even, for the first time, be able to learn trades, seek meaningful employment, and earn income for the household.

The new latrines will bring dignity to the community since residents will no longer have to defecate out in the open.  They will be healthier, as latrines will limit the leaching of disease-causing germs into the water supply. Clean drinking water means children will miss less school and adults will miss less work. These outcomes will allow the entire community to grow and be more productive in the long term.

Livestock will thrive with a reliable source of drinking water. Healthier animals produce more food and revenue for the local economy.

The Community will become more self-sufficient. Already the village leader has committed to raising local funds to pay for maintenance, repairs, and ongoing operational costs. This project represents the start of Kona’s self-led efforts at community development, which will boost the impact in other areas, such as a higher quality of education at schools, increased economic empowerment for women, and community ownership of the project’s continuity.

100% Of Your Donation

will be used to improve the quality of life in Kona, thanks to some generous donors who pay all our overhead.

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The total cost of this water project is $35,000. Thank you for your support.

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International Needs Canada is a charitable organization with a global network of 34 partner countries. Our approach to development relies on the empowerment of indigenous leaders to bring about change in their local communities. We focus primarily on the empowerment of vulnerable children through education, health and wellness, character development, and skills training.

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