Funded June 15, 2020
Gorom-Gorom is located in the Sahel Reserve (click for map), a remote area in the northern-most part of Berkina Faso. In May 2020, terrorists attacked a convoy north and west of the northern area’s capital, Ouahigouya (details of the attack), which is about 100 miles from Gorom-Gorom. Ongoing terrorism, including this recent attack, is driving refugees to the more remote areas of Berkina Faso, including Gorom-Gorom. Gorom-Gorom has doubled in size because of an influx of refugees.
The current water system in Gorom-Gorom is unable to support the influx of refugees on top of existing residents of the town. So they do not have enough water for drinking and basic needs. The people wait, hoping that they can get water from the existing, broken and insufficient water system built for a fraction of the population. The people congregate around taps waiting for water to flow. And people regularly go home with no water. At this point, both refugees and existing residents suffer from thirst and dehydration. Hygiene is a huge problem because of the lack of water. And the situation is compounded by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
A hydrogeo survey shows water around 400-450 feet. This is a very deep well in a remote part of the country making drilling costs somewhat expensive. But the need is very great. We will be working alongside Heaven’s Family and their local partner, Keith Smith from Acacia Partnership Trust. Heaven’s Family has been working with Keith Smith since 2018 doing 10 well repairs in area villages as well as constructing safety walls around 5 more existing wells.
The well will be on the Fontaine de Vie youth ministry center site in Gorom-Gorom. Note that access to water is provided to all regardless of ethnicity or religion. The goal is to serve the community (mostly Muslim, Christians are the minority). Once established, Acacia Partnership Trust will oversee the future maintenance of the well.
Ingomar Living Waters typically does not do projects where geo-political risks pose near-term threats to water projects. But our partners have been in Gorom-Gorom for 20 years and assure us that given terrorist activities in other parts of Berkina Faso and the number of refugees in Gorom-Gorom, the need is great. And they believe the town will be stable and the well will support people in great need for the foreseeable future. But nothing worth doing in life is completely safe. Thank you to our World Changers helping fund this project who agreed to help the people in Gorom-Gorom even given the risks!