Markoye Light and water for villages

Burkina Faso

  • Population: 18105570 people
    30% urban - 70% rural
  • Life expectancy: 59 years
  • Adult literacy rate, population 15+ years: 29%
  • Population with access to electricity:
    49% urban - 1% rural
  • Population with access to Improved water source:
    98% urban - 76% rural

The need

Located 15 km from Niger and 30 km from Mali, Markoye and its villages are located in northern Burkina Faso where the population suffers from the vagaries of the climate (droughts, famines and floods). It is the hottest and sunniest region of Burkina Faso. At the request of the rural municipality of Markoye with the association Zoodo de Chalon sur Saône, Electriciens sans frontières was asked to bring electricity to five villages.

The response

Electricity from photovoltaic panels was brought in four health centres (including maternity wards, dispensary, first aid room, nurses’ accommodation, etc.) and in three schools (classrooms, teachers’ accommodation, etc.) with, for “Goungam”, one of them, drilling a well-cum-fountain to supply the school with water.

The impact

The project makes it possible to improve the nursing staff’s care and working conditions (safer care¸ better comfort for patients, caring for expectant mothers in the evenings or at night), improved school results, pupils benefiting from more sophisticated teaching tools during the day and tutoring classes in the evenings, The project also makes it possible to combat illiteracy through the availability of classrooms in the evenings for adults. Finally, the project enables social and cultural life to be more lively, thanks to evening debates, talks and the various lighting points set up in the villages.

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