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As our first major undertaking as a newly formed nonprofit organization, we partnered with BuildOn, to build a primary school in a remote village in Burkina Faso, Africa. For this project, we took 12 members of our staff to the village of Roure to work alongside the villagers in the construction of the school.
It was during this trip that we realized the true importance of attainable, clean water. Of course we knew it was important, but until you are sitting in 100 degree weather waiting in line to hand pump out the water you so desperately want to drink, it’s difficult for someone in our modern society to truly grasp how vital this is. Here, we are used to simply turning on the tap, or grabbing an already-bottled water when we are on the go. The village where we stayed on this first trek was fortunate enough to have a well, which is not the case for all of these remote villages.
In many cases, women and children will walk for miles to get to a place where there is water to drink, cook and bathe. Often this water is unsafe for consumption containing parasites and other disease-causing organisms or pollutants. Children (especially girls) will miss school as they aid their families in water collection.
So, with a new found appreciation for water and a few local contacts that we made through our travels, we embark upon a new project, to bring a well to a village in Burkina Faso that is in desperate need. We constructed our first well in July of 2015 in the village of Bagyame, Burkina Faso. This remote village has now found new life as they no longer have to spend so much of their time and resources on the collection of water. To fully set this village up for success The Sonder Project also built a school here. Now, not only will the children have the time to go to school, but they will have a proper facility to attend.
Our second well project is in the village of Nabadogogo, Burkina Faso and construction was completed in December of 2015, providing safe water to nearly 5,000 people throughout the area.
More well projects coming in 2016!
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