Burkina Faso is immersed in an extreme situation of fragility and insecurity that the entire Sahel region is facing. The country is regularly targeted by armed groups and is the scene of assassinations and intense confrontations.
This situation has disastrous humanitarian consequences. It has led to the massive displacement of populations fleeing the catastrophic situation in rural areas. The inhabitants fear the violence of the clashes, but also the difficulties of access to basic services such as water, health or education that the conflict has accentuated. Originally concentrated in the Sahel region, these displaced persons are also present in several regions of Burkina Faso.
Most of these people are taking refuge in urban areas and are being welcomed by the populations of these large cities. The local population shows great solidarity despite its meager resources. However, given the high population density, the water capacities of the cities are under great pressure and struggle to meet the needs of these displaced people and their host communities.
Thus, in Burkina Faso, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL gives priority to operations in areas where displaced people are staying. Water infrastructures are being rehabilitated and strengthened to meet the needs of all. In order to guarantee proper sanitation and hygiene, latrines are built and hygiene kits are distributed. The teams also contribute to strengthening the infrastructure management committees by providing them with technical training and raising their awareness of good hygiene practices.
In addition to these operations designed to meet the immediate needs of the population in terms of drinking water, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL develops long-term projects. In the field, our teams set up a mechanism to respond to future shocks, whether in terms of water, sanitation, hygiene or emergency shelter. In the event of disasters or new displacements, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is thus able to deploy a team to establish and reinforce access to clean water.
To learn more about our work in Burkina Faso, consult the articles below.