Water & Sanitation

Priority

Limited access to clean water and sanitation services in parts of Burkina Faso contribute to many diseases. Establishing water points closer to villages helps reduce health risks and it also allows children to attend school and people to focus on other duties as they do not have to spend the bulk of their day transporting water. Building latrines in close proximity to villages or schools can also have a significant lifestyle impact on villagers, particularly girls and women.

Initiatives

Orezone began a project in partnership with Ryan’s Well Foundation, a Canadian organization dedicated to providing clean water and sanitation services to communities in which the Company operates. Several communities have benefited from improved water access as a result of Orezone’s well drilling initiatives in Burkina Faso and Niger. Since 2004, Orezone and Ryan’s Well Foundation have teamed up on more than $300,000 of projects that have benefited thousands of people in need. In addition Orezone executives have previously sat on the Ryan’s Well Foundation board providing strategic and financial advice to help further its initiatives.

During Q2 2015 the Company initiated a water drilling program that will add 20 wells that will be available to the local community in the area surrounding the Bomboré mining permit.

Water and Sanitation for Mogtedo College

Location:
Bomboré / Burkina Faso

Partner:
Ryan’s Well

Investment:
$33,640

Completed:
2013

Impact:
1,575 students

This project is complete. The College received 1 well, 10 latrines, including 2 separate washrooms for women, 12 wash stations and training. Completed in conjunction with The Rotary Club of Ouagadougou, Crystal and RWF. This project included many mining related donations in honorary memory of the late David Coffin.

Clean water for Guibou and Pelle Villages

Location:
Séguénéga

Partner:
Ryan’s Well

Investment:
$25,900

Completed:
2010

Impact:
1,450 people

The project is complete. Each village has received a large diameter well. Training and education on maintaining a safe water supply has been given to villagers in each community. It is now managed by village committees. The project also included the building of latrines.

Clean water for Namssiguia Village

Location:
Séguénéga

Partner:
Ryan’s Well

Investment:
$22,800

Completed:
2009

Impact:
926 people

This project is complete. Namssiguia Village received 2 wells, one for the village and one for the school. Two latrines were also constructed for the village.

Clean water for Sima Village

Location:
Séguénéga

Partner:
Ryan’s Well

Investment:
$26,500

Completed:
2010

Impact:
1,200 people

The project is complete. It includes the rehabilitation of an existing borehole and pump. Additionally, Sima Village has received two large diameter wells. It is now managed by a village committee. Village members and the committee have received training on maintaining a safe water supply.

Clean water for villages of Leo and Women’s Shea Butter Co-op

Location:
Leo

Partner:
Ryan’s Well

Investment:
$23,000

Completed:
2009 / 2010 Phase 1

Impact:
3,000 people

Phase 1 is complete and includes two drilled wells and two latrines. The project is now in phase 2. This phase includes drilling an extra well and five latrines. Training is currently being given to the members of this community. This project is being managed by the local village committee.

Water and sanitation for SOS Children’s Village

Location:
Ouagadougou

Partner:
Ryan’s Well

Investment:
$13,800

Completed:
2008 / 2009

Impact:
610 people

The SOS Children’s village is home to 160 children and youth residents as well as their house mothers and staff. This project included the replacement of septic tanks, the construction of 3 drainage pits to alleviate run-off/contamination issues as well as bringing piped water to the village. The village also provides for an additional 75 kindergarten children and 150 primary school students as well as approximately 225 beneficiaries of the social centre.