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Measuring impacts in Burkina Faso!

26 January, 2024 | Lorenzo Gubbini
Categories: Burkina Faso, Carbon Offsetting, CO2balance, Safe Water, Sustainable Development Goals

It’s that time of year: our safe water project in Burkina Faso has undergone Annual Monitoring activities! This allows CO2balance & our partners, Transform Burkina, to measure the impact that our 182 rehabilitated boreholes have had on people’s lives.

In case you’re wondering, Annual Monitoring consists of our field team visiting a random sample of communities and households in the project area to complete surveys from which crucial data is yielded. The survey responses allow us to assess, among other things, the project’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) impacts, the amount of water used by the communities and emission reductions. Ultimately, it allows us to bask in the positive feedback we receive from our project beneficiaries!

This project contributes to four SDGs: SDG 3 -Good Health and Well-being, SDG 5 – Gender Equality, SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation and SDG 13 – Climate Action. Before the project was implemented, 96% of people sourced their water from unsafe open wells. This year, 68% of respondents said they collect their water from the project borehole for drinking, food preparation and basic personal hygiene.

       

Over 70% of interviewees also stated that our boreholes save them time that they would have otherwise spent collecting firewood or walking long distances to fetch water from open (often contaminated) wells. The community members then spend this saved time on activities of their choice, including domestic work, income generation, religious and social activities. Since women and young girls are mostly responsible for collecting the water for the household, they benefit the most from this time saved which contributes to SDG 5 – Gender Equality.   

Burkina Faso faces a great deal of political instability, and this creates particularly challenging conditions on the ground for the in-country field team. The positive impacts on the local communities are made possible by their hard work and dedication!