At Engage Burkina we want to provide those that give complete honesty and full disclosure as to why things cost what they do as we seek to provide water in Burkina Faso. We are raising the cost on our drilled wells, and I want to tell you why.
Since we first started doing drilled wells in Burkina Faso in 2008, the Burkinabe companies we have been working with have been putting pumps on the wells made from galvanized steel. Our team leader on the ground has been in construction in the US for more than a decade and is very knowledgeable of building and materials, but we didn’t realize what the implications of this would be. Earlier this year as we were planning to drill more wells, Burkinabe leaders from the villages began to share some interesting feedback. They were thrilled that more wells were going into villages without water, but respectfully they let us know we had a problem. Wells that we had previously done were breaking down.
Long story short galvanized steel is not holding up very well in this region of the world called, the Sahel. The harsh climate conditions can take a toll in a hurry. The repairs on these wells will cost us as little as $800 to as much as $3,600. With this knowledge and quite a bit of investigation we made the decision to upgrade all of our pumps to stainless steel. This is going to cost around $600 more per well. With that said the cost of drilled wells is being raised to $7,600. This $600 increase is less than any of the repairs we have done.
For those who sponsored a well in 2010 for the 2011 drilling season we made all of those pumps stainless steel though our price for sponsorship was. Engage Burkina received enough general gifts to provide clean water from individuals that we had the money needed to make up the difference and still do seven new drilled wells this year.
Thank you for giving, and for providing clean water to the people of Burkina Faso.