Water Aid work in
partnership with other NGOs on projects such as building and refurbishing
boreholes and training locals to undertake these construction projects as
well as all important education with schools being encouraged to teach
children the importance of hygiene.
Other innovative projects working
with Burkinabe women to make soap which can not only be sold to make
money but spreads the concept of hand washing which can reduce diarrhoeal
diseases by over 40%.
Ironically in 2009 Burkina Faso faced its worst flooding for ninety years with 90,000
people forced from their homes seeking shelter with the capital
its environs being hardest hit even forcing its main hospital, Yalgado, to close
after much of it was destroyed after a nearby dam burst its banks. Some idea of the extent of the floods can be
realised by the fact that the city received one quarter of its entire annual
rainfall in the space of just a couple of hours.
However the rainy season of 2010 was to bring yet more misery to an estimated
100,000 people in Burkina Faso with many communities cut off from aid and food
supplies. Even before the end of the rainy season the floods in Burkina Faso had
caused extensive damage to roads, schools, bridges, health facilities and other
infrastructure. The heavy rains towards the end of July also caused dams to
burst flooding fifty villages and ruining much needed crops. The video documentary (above, right)
above highlights the water situation in Burkina Faso and some of the work
being undertaken there to address it.