Fanka is a large sprawling village with about 4,000 population in the district of Kaya, towards the North of the country. This well was completed in 2010 and we wait to see the change the well will make in the coming days.
2013 – When we revisited Fanka the changes were easy to see. There were animals now, cows, goats, sheep and pigs. They looked healthy and this suggests that the population was also healthier. The ladies of the village no longer spent all day visiting other villages to get water, so they were able to grow vegetables and wash clothes and their children’s hair. These are things we take for granted but if water is sparse you have to prioritize its use. Now that half the workforce is not out all collecting water the village has grown and there are more buildings.
However, we still got lost trying to find the village – even with the great sign!
Fanka is also one of the named wells – ‘George’s Well’ – it was paid for by an American lady and dedicated in memory of her father. This sponsor has now paid for 3 wells in total and she continues to be a major supporter in all aspects of our work in Burkina Faso.