The project

What are the short-term goals of our project?

Build drinking water wells for five villages in the municipality of Dassa, in central Benin. These five villages are ADJANOUDOHO, d’ASSIYO, de YAWA, de KOZO et d’ABAGON. In the area, there are only three wells for 3’000 inhabitants and 4’000 cattle; this is clearly insufficient. The lack of drinking water regularly leads to violent conflicts between sedentary farmers and nomadic herders living in the region. Click here for more details on this project

What are the long-term goals of our project?

  • Build 100 water wells to meet the acute water needs among Benin’s population.
  • Set up a sustainable process for ongoing maintenance and operation of each well.
  • Provide hygiene and sanitation in the areas where wells are constructed.
  • Observe a high standard of transparency, efficiency and accountability in the implementation of the project.

Why building 100 Wells?

  • Benin is one of the poorest countries in the world. The country is ranked 165th out 187 on United Nations Development Programme’s human development index.
  • According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a quarter of Beninese have no access to clean water.  This number however does not reflect the vast disparity between urban and rural areas and between the regions of the country.
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 13% of infant deaths are related to unsafe water, poor sanitation and lack of hygiene.
  • According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), “women and girls bear the burden of water collection around the world. Women and girls walk an average of 6 kilometers each day to collect about 20 liters of water; which reduce the time they can spend on other productive activities or in school.”
  • We dream of a Benin where safe water is no longer a luxury. We intend to work and turn our dream to reality.

What is compelling about this project?

  • It is a specific project designed to meet a real yet fundamental need of the population
  • Our local partner, Fondation « Cœur àCœur » has already completed five (5) wells in the Collines region of central Benin.
  • The project is initiated by Beninese for the benefit of Beninese.

What are the challenges of the Project?

  • We truly believe that the challenging task of raising $1.3 million USD to drill 100 wells can be achieved with the dedication, accountability and professionalism from all stakeholders.
  • We put in place high standard of transparency, stringent financial management and control procedure to ensure good management of the project.
  • For every single well, we will conduct bio-chemical assessments in a well-equipped laboratory in Benin to ensure that the water is safe to drink and free of any chemical contamination (e.g., arsenic contamination)

What does a Well Cost?

The cost of a well varies according to the geological profile of its location, ease of access and results of initial biochemical analyses. Below is a breakdown of the cost of an average water well based on the analysis of completed projects and quotes provided by vendors.

Breakdown of the cost of an average water well
Description Estimate in CFA Francs
Geophysical Analysis (Soil Testing) 450,000
Drilling & Site Construction

  • Drilling (up to 150 meters)
  • Soil Testing (chemical and organic)
  • Installation of motorized pump
  • Building well wall and deck
  • Well Operations & Maintenance Training for local volunteers
Hygiene & Sanitation Education 500,000
Technical and Administrative Expenses 500,000
Projected Five-year Maintenance Expenses 1,000,000
Total Cost 7,500,000
Swiss Franc (1CHF = 600 CFA) 12,500
Euros (1EUR = 650 CFA) 11,500
US Dollar (1USD = 580 CFA) 12,950