"I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink" (Mt 25, 35b)
Located in the Horn of Africa, in the west of the continent, Burkina Faso with its 17 million inhabitants is a rural developing country which is becoming a key player in the African transition. Because of its situation, the country is often prone to severe droughts and the countryside around the cities is still far from being able to acquire water-sufficiency.
The Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent of Paul have been in Nouna at the bishop's request since 2009 to serve the people living in poverty. They work closely with the diocese to provide many social services to women, young people, prisoners, disabled people and all the vulnerable individuals. They are also involved in health, education and catechism.
The Sudano-Sahelian climate is particularly contrasted, with one rainy season and the other dry, preventing water tables from filtering rainwater efficiently. The inhabitants of Nouna draw and consume non-potable water and catch many diseases, some of which can be deadly.
This primary need, which cannot be met, is a real public health problem which still prevents too many children from drinking water and washing themselves. Our project aims at providing every children in Nouna with water access and best practices in hygiene.
The aim of this project is to develop a water treatment and distribution system through the acquisition of industrial filtration and packing engines and equipments, as well as a motorized tricycle to ensure water transportation.
This will help improve water quality, and as a consequence, the expectancy of life and its quality for Nouna’s inhabitants.
In addition to water treatment and distribution, we would like to provide a training course that would take place once a week in order to sensitize the population to the current water issues, where supply is not always available is the face of vital demand.
With the completion of this project, we are answering two calls: first the Lord’s which invites us to give a drink to those who are thirsty (second work of mercy; but we also humbly contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN, whose 6th objective is to “guarantee access to water and sanitation for all and ensure the sustainable management of water resources”.
Packaging polytank Packaging machine
Water purification machine Motor tricycle to carry water
Who are the beneficiaries?
As part of our support for families in rural areas, the main beneficiaries of this project are children, pregnant women and mother breastfeeding their children. However, this project also includes other vulnerable people in the vicinity of Nouna. We can therefore estimate the number of beneficiaries per year at 5,000.
“For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward" (Mc 9,41).
Nous vous remercions pour votre soutien !
I am Sr Toyin Abegunde, Daughter of Charity of Nigerian origin, who came as a missionary to Burkina Faso in 2009, for the opening of the first Community in this country. Since my arrival in the diocese of Nouna, I have been working with the diocesan branch of Caritas Burkina and am responsible for the solidarity and sharing department.
In January 2016, I was asked to open a new community in another village in the diocese of Nouna with two sisters who will be responsible for opening an inclusive school that will welcome all children of school age, especially deaf and dumb children, but also children with other disabilities.
In Nouna, we are 8 sisters in 2 communities and belong to the Province of the Daughters of Charity of Nigeria.
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