News N. 17/132   06/09/2018

Socio-economic Development Project in the Sahel: Phase II

A new phase of the socio-economic development project, active in the Sahel region (Burkina Faso) since 2012, was launched this summer. The project covers the areas of Gorom-Gorom, Markoye and Tin-Akoff, all located in northern Burkina Faso and account for 10 villages.

The project consists of two components that address two of the most crucial issues faced by local population: access to safe drinking water and impoverishment of households.

The first part of the project saw the rehabilitation, in the village of Kel-Eguef, of a dilapidated borehole. Hundreds of families and their livestock will benefit from this repaired structure which will ensure access to water in this region doomed by difficult climate conditions.

The second part of the project consists of identifying vulnerable households in order to strengthen their economic conditions. The families thus identified were given a herd of goats. The gradual growth of the herd is believed to ensure the economic and food needs of the household.

The census of needy families was conducted through the surveying method called Household Economy Approach (HEA), an economic analysis that divides households into four groups, ranging from "Very poor" to “Well-off“. For the assessing takes into account how family units support themselves within their community, both amid regular condition and in adversity. Five investigators were specially trained for this purpose by the association Zeine. They conducted assessing before 350 households and the beneficiaries were prioritised according to criteria such as the number of members, the family situation, the existence of a disability, age, sex and gender of the householder and the quantity of livestock already possessed. At the end of the survey, 250 families were identified for the grant.

Since 2012, the Foundation's support has provided 330 families with herds of ruminants. The number of boreholes completed and rehabilitated in the region amounts to 21.

View below the video, produced by the Zeine Association, recounting the launching of the project.

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