“Another village helped with clean water”. This is what Myra’s Wells is about!
In July 2019, we were planning the drilling schedule for the autumn. This is our normal practice. The rainy season usually ends towards the end of September or early October. As the ground dries out, we are able to start taking the drills to villages. During the rainy season, they quickly become stuck in the mud on the compacted dirt roads and tracks.
We noticed a request form from a village called Dangouindougou. This what it told us:
Population 2000 with people from six different ethnic groups living happily together.
7000 head of livestock.
In response to the question ‘Where do you go for your water?‘ they told us that they only had three open wells. They sent photos of these wells for us to see. Here are some of them.
Our funds are limited so we are careful about how we choose sites to drill. However, we found the decision an easy one. We included Dangouindougou in the list of villages that we sent to Christine for drilling.
The rains in 2019 were quite heavy and we had to wait for the ground to dry out. In the South West of Burkina Faso (where Dangouindougou is), it took longer than we wanted before it was dry enough for the drills to go.
However, at the end of November, we heard the wonderful news that the borehole at Dangouindougou had been drilled. It is 65 metres deep and supplies up to 4000 litres of water every hour.
Another village helped with clean water
Here are pictures taken while the contractor fitted the pump – and then the people started to use it.
Later, we received pictures of the village chief and Imam thanking us for providing the well. Myra’s Wells is a Christian charity. We insist that any well we provide must be available for anyone to use, irrespective of ethnic or religious background.
Yet another village helped with clean water!
Recently, we received these pictures. The people in the pictures live in another village about 5 km away. They have no clean water there and so they come to Dangouindougou to use the pump.
There is a short video to go with the pictures. They are speaking Mooré, the most widely spoken indigenous language of Burkina Faso. The essence of what they are saying is “Please can we have a well in our village?”.
So, although their village is helped with clean water by the well at Dangouindougou, maybe we will be able to help them even more with a well of their own.
There are now 199 villages in Burkina Faso that Myra’s Wells has helped with clean water. Click here to see the full list.