2.42. SI club Princesse Yennenga Ouagadougou, Burkina
Project : Safe water in Bobo-Dioulasso, Bourkina Faso
General Information on the Project
Title Burkina Water Project in Bobo-Dioulasso
Country Burkina Faso, West Africa
Name of the Club SI Club Princesse Yennenga of Ouagadougou
Total Cost 6 500 Euros
Club Contribution 600 Euros
Community Contribution 200 Euros
Requested Funds from 5 700 Euros
Date of Application January 7, 2010
Start Date As soon as funds are available
Project Duration 3 months
E-mail Founding President Zallia Ouédraogo-Mantoro
Contact 0022670063699 / 0022670202379
Bank Account BICIA-B Ouaga Compte No 09053 063161 002 41
Burkina Faso is a Sahelian and landlocked country in the heart of West Africa. It is
one of the poorest countries in the world. We would like to start a third Soroptimist
club in the West, and launching the activities of Club Princesse Yennenga in this town
would be a nice advocacy for Soroptimist International and a good start.
Burkina Faso is underdeveloped for numerous reasons, but the biggest challenge is
water shortage. The project will take place in Bobo-Dioulasso that is located 365
kilometers West of Ouagadougou.
Club Princesse Yennenga of Ouagadougou would like to contribute in a meaningful
way to the efforts of the government of Burkina Faso that strives to make water
available and accessible to the majority of the population despite its limited
resources. Conversations with people and field observations show that water is a top
priority and an effective way to support local efforts.
A water fountain would be a good response to the needs of the inhabitants of the
district of Sarfalao, one of the poor sectors of Bobo. Water will be transported to the
underprivileged population, especially women and children living in the outskirts of
the town of Bobo where access to water is non-existent or very limited. This project
has two aspects: the installation of a water fountain and the provision of 20 wheeled
water barrels to women and girls for easy access.
Goals and Objectives
This project will facilitate access to safe water and provide clean water to
marginalized communities in Sarfalao, one of the underprivileged districts of Bobo-
Alleviating access to clean and safe water will improve sanitation conditions in the
households, free more time for income generating activities for women and children,
increase study time for schoolgirls and improve cleanliness of students’ clothes,
bodies and school environment. More specifically, the project will:
Provide safe and quality water to the modest population living in the outskirts of
Bobo in the sector of Sarfalao
Facilitate access to water to underprivileged women and children
Bring safe water closer to the target population
Reduce water chores for women, girls and children
Encourage a more rational use of water
In the remotest parts of Bobo, the biggest challenge remains the lack of and access
to safe water. Discussions with the local administrative and water officers of the
Bobo region helped identify the neediest district and beneficiaries. They all concurred
with this water project that fits their local needs.
The technical implementation of the project will be done by ONEA, the National
Water Company, which has the technical knowledge and skills to take this project to
full completion. The local community will be actively involved in every stage of the
project, from its implementation to the evaluation.
The management of the water point will be entrusted to a group of underprivileged
women that is identified by the local authorities and women’s groups from the Bobo
region in agreement with the SI Club Princesse Yennenga.
Importance and relevance of the Project
In major towns and villages, access to potable water remains a serious public health
issue. Unsafe water causes waterborne diseases.
With the distribution of new plots of land to community members and the
subsequent widespread urbanization, the number of inhabitants has increased in the
Bobo area with new dwellers and the town has expanded and stretched to its
With the recent expansion of the town, access to water is limited. Women and
children walk long distances to get to the vital water source. Water collection takes a
good amount of their time, even when they are sick, and conflicts with time
dedicated for survival and self development activities.
As a result, there is a growing need for clean water among the population.
Bobo is the major second town and the economic capital city of Burkina. It is one of
the most populated towns with over one million inhabitants.
The entire community of the district of Sarfalao will benefit from this project. At least
1000 community members, especially women and children, will be able to access
water at reduced costs.
More importantly, 20 marginalized and underprivileged women in the district will also
benefit from the project. They will receive wheeled barrels to transport water easily
to their houses.
The luckily selected 20 women will not only make effective use of their barrels, but
also rent these barrels to other community members when they are not in use. As a
result, more people than expected will actually benefit from the project.
The time spent in fetching water will be reinvested into other income generating,
health promotion and education activities. Girls and women will free more time for
themselves and for other productive activities while enjoying the alleviation of their
For children, this means more time devoted to games and for their siblings more
attention and care because mothers and girls are more available and accessible.
Children will spend more time with their siblings and mothers.
Community Awareness and Plans for Advocacy
Water is a gem in many parts of Burkina. Communities are well aware of that and
grateful to projects that provide water resources. However, some community
members still need to take more and full responsibility in the management of the
water point that the club will help provide. People tend to enjoy the benefits of many
projects without willing to take any responsibilities.
With this project, the club will make the community members feel all and one
responsible for possible breakdowns and repairs. A water management committee
made up of 5 members will be established.
Regular meetings will be held to discuss issues around the water point, improve the
management and share best practices.
To make sure that the women’s voices will be fully heard and that they will have a
great opportunity to learn from one another and show that they can be competent
when entrusted and empowered, the management committee will include only
women. However, their husbands can be associated and serve as partners to some
To sustain local efforts and develop a new partnership with men and women in this
district, there is a need to educate the rest of the community members and create
increased awareness of their roles in protecting the water point from dirt and
wandering animals, promoting adequate and rational use of water, and ensuring that
the equipment generates seed money for women’s activities that will improve their
Women and girls coming to fetch water will have the opportunity to meet and share
their experiences. This framework will give women more room to express
themselves, feel more self-confident and empowered to take charge of their lives,
and improve their personal living conditions as well as their households. By
improving their lives, the women and girls of Sarfalao will hence improve this corner
of the world.
Project Influence on the Community
The material that will transport water to the households will be constructed by local
expertise. The wheeled barrel constructors will get paid for their work, thus creating
more work and jobs for themselves.
The users will always go back to the repairers once the wheeled barrels are
damaged, thus creating a sort of continued partnership among several community
members. The money gained will circulate within the community, and everyone’s
income will be improved in the long run as far as the water point is well maintained
The empowerment and/or economic development for girls and women will be
improved. The group of women who will manage the water point will take water for
themselves and rent the equipment to other women when it is not in use. Given the
acute water problems, the cost of the rent could go up to 500 Fcfa for each trip. In
the rainy season, the price could even double and reach 1000 Fcfa/trip.
Involvement of Girls and Women in the project
As mentioned earlier, the management committee is all made of women. They will
take turn to fulfill their roles and responsibilities and make sure the fountain
continues to function. This is in their best interest.
Involvement of other Organizations in the Project
The local administrative authorities and the regional water company will assist the SI
club Princesse Yennenga to achieve the realization of the water point. They will also
help with community mobilization and advocacy around the issues of adequate and
rational use of water in order to avoid waste of the precious resource.
Assess Project Sustainability
This project is sustainable. The community will take ownership and the management
committee will fulfill its role and responsibilities because the project meets their vital
needs. They will continue with awareness activities on adequate use of water once
the fountain is handed over to them and once the local authorities leave the site.
Once the fountain is installed, women will sell water at reduced costs. The treasurer
of the management committee will use the money generated from the sale of water
to repair any maintenance and breakdowns.
The money gained from the rented wheeled barrels will be saved and used for seed
money for other income generating activities.
There is a capacity building component to the project. The women and girls will be
trained on bookkeeping. They will gain in self-confidence and feel empowered.
The committee members are elected and can be renewed. This will make more
members technically knowledgeable and skilled about water issues and maintenance.
Project Replicability and Expansion
Best practices will be shared and replicated in the neighborhood.
Time Limit for Project Implementation
As soon as funds are available, we plan to travel to Bobo-Dioulasso and to take the
2 weeks for site preparation and meetings with the local authorities, the target
population and the water company
8 weeks for the completion of the fountain
8 weeks for the completion of the wheeled barrels
1 week for the delivery of the equipment to the target community
The management committee will free themselves from other important activities and
save time to attend training sessions on their roles and responsibilities. They will also
save time to attend basic training on bookkeeping. They will also contribute with
sand and gravel.
The management committee will regularly meet to share innovative ideas and
strategies on better use of water. Such best practices can be replicated and shared
with other groups of women in the neighborhood.
The local authorities will use their position to positively influence active participation
of the community and advocate for community ownership of the project.
This is a new club and at this point it can contribute up to 600 Euros.
The club will also contribute valuable time for project design, implementation,
monitoring and evaluation. The President of SI Club Princesse Yennenga and two
other members will also travel to meet with the local authorities and the target
Twice a year, we will go back to the site to see progress and discuss ideas for
Amount of Funds Requested from SIE and How Funds will be used
We would like to request 5 700 Euros for this project. Funds will be used for the
purchase and installation of the fountain, the purchase of the wheeled barrels and
the event coverage.
Evaluation Criteria and Mechanisms
A first needs assessment is completed, but needs to be crosschecked with the local
authorities and Club President to determine our common agreement about the
specific community in the outskirts of Bobo. We will take pictures before and after
the project to show changes with our partners.
The level of satisfaction of the project beneficiaries is measured through a few
interviews with women before and after the implementation of the water point.
The water fountain is effectively installed and safe and quality water is available to
the modest population living in the outskirts of Sarfalao in the town of Bobo-
Underprivileged women and children effectively have access to clean water
20 women effectively have wheeled barrels to take safe water to their homes, thus
making their lives easier and less tiring due to the alleviation of domestic chores.
The water management committee is effectively in place, organizes regular
meetings, identify areas of improvement, encourage a more rational use of water,
and dedicate more time to their children and other development activities.
SI Club Princesse Yennenga organizes a handing over ceremony of the water
fountain to the management committee in partnership with the women of Sarfalo,
the whole community, the local administrative authorities and the water company.
ITEMS QUANTITY UNIT PRICE TOTAL
Water fountain 01 2 500 2 500 Euros
Wheeled barrels 20 150 3 000 Euros
Travel and Event 1000 Euros
TOTAL 6 500 Euros
Club contribution 600 Euros
Community 200 Euros
Funds requested 5 700 Euros