The Friends of Burkina Faso’s Rainwater Catchment Basin Project
December 2013 Project Report
In this last quarter, we have held focus groups with the residents of Ramongo to determine their strategy for having a village rainwater catchment basin (RCB). Currently, demographic data and information are being collected on the status of living standards, agriculture, land, village structure, health, nutrition, and education.
Residents of Sisene (where the first village RCB was completed) are sending 20 more children to school. A group of Ramongo farmers recently visited Sisene to discuss various ideas about management of the village RCB and the use of the water. GPS coordinates have been collected. And satellite imaging is being used to help determine important factors (landscape, water flow, terrain, past & current conditions) associated with properly locating the village RCBs.
Research focused on the appropriate solar and wind technology to be used for water filtration, agricultural irrigation, and household use is on-going. Partnerships with technology companies are being investigated.
Much progress was achieved in December accumulating funds needed to launch construction of the second village RCB. Contributors from the Global Giving site have been generous and are truly much appreciated. We will continue to keep you posted as we get closer to our goal.