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Dammen ser supervacker ut – precis efter regnen. Då ser det ut som en riktig sjö! Och förhoppningen är förstås att den ska se ut så året om! Och vi tror att det är möjligt.
Men det krävs lite mer. Vi måste lösa infiltreringen och avdunstningen. Och det kommer att ta tid och tålamod. Vi behöver framförallt gräva djupare. Sedan behöver vi rätt växtlighet för att ge skugga och minska avdunstningen.
Dammen är viktig för exempelvis dricksvatten till djuren, klädtvätt, och inte minst växtligheten. Om där fanns vatten året om kanske där till och med skulle kunna odlas grönsaker!
Under 2012 träffades regelbundet Yennenga Water Team i Sverige som bestod av engagerade vatteningenjörer via INUG (Ingenjörer och Naturvetare utan gränser). I kommunikation med ungdomsgänget vid Centre de l’Esprit Ouverte gjordes infiltreringsprover, vi mätte avdunstning och gjorde markprover. En av ingenjörerna har en kul ”Sidoverksamhet” – hon designar nämligen! Låt mig nu presentera Alexandra Buttazzoni!
”När du köper en Piggvarmössa går vinsten till detta dammprojekt. Du skapar ett jobbtillfälle för en av byns ungdomar och förbättrar livskvaliteten för både djur och männinskor i och kring byn Nakamtenga i Burkina Faso. Tack!!”
Beställ mössor och läs mer på hennes sida: http://www.piggvarprod.se/
When I left Nakamtenga in May to return to Sweden for the summer, the landscape was okra colored, and the animals was in desperation searching for something green to fill their empty stomachs. The boys were still digging to deepen the dam.
When I came back the 15th of August the picture was completely different. The grass was dark green and juicy, the cereals on the fields were already more than a meter high. The Nakamtenga dam was filled to the rim with water – a sight for the gods. I was so happy because I had been afraid that the digging to deepen the dam we had done in May should damage the impenetrability of the bottom layer. Had my fear been unfounded?
Now a month later, I am not as sure it did not. During the month we have had several good rains, but in spite of that, the water level in the dam has gone down a bit to fast. That is a bit disturbing. Nevertheless, nothing can be done now. We have to wait some month before we can draw any conclusions.
The youth group group in Nakamtenga, Burkina Faso are dedicated and committed to make a change in their village. They want the change to become visible and tangible. before this years rain period, they want time to deepen the rain water pond with the hope to have access to water for the animals, crops, laundry, etc. over a longer period of time . They are a big group of young people every day, digging by hand! In collaboration with INUG and help from engineers at different companies we are looking for ways to seal the pond,dreaming of a pond that holds water all year round.
The time for the rainy season is approaching. Everyone is longing for rain. Not only for its cooling effect but more because it gives the possibility to start planting for a new harvest. Last year was a disaster and everyone at the countryside is now suffering. Almost nothing remains from the last harvest season and there is still three, four month before something can be collected again from the fields. This period is here in Burkina Faso called “la soudure” – there is hardly anything left to eat, but still, everyone has to work hard on the fields. This year there is also big difficulties to get seeds to plant.
Water is life and without water no life. That’s way the young boys in the village are eager to participate to deepen the dam in the village. With a bigger volume of water that can be collected during the rains, the dam will not dry out so quickly when the rains are over. There is not yet any financing of the dam project but as it is so important, we have started, in a first test phase, to dig out around 125 cubic meter of soil before the rains comes. After an evaluation of the result of this first phase, there will decide how to proceed.
Yennenga Progress has become a symbol for a brighter future to the young generation in Nakamtenga. The fact that someone from the outside is interested in the well being of the people in the village, especially the young, gives hope and energy. In a meeting Tuesday evening were discussed a list of projects that the youngsters hope can be realized in a near future.
Today was the new water tank delivered from Ouagadougou. Paul and his building team had just finished the five-meter high construction that will carry the 10 cubic meter water tank. This new water tank produced in the neighbouring country, Ghana, will increase the water storage capacity at the Nakamtenga Centre from 3 cubic metres to 13.
The project idea has been discussed during at least a year and thanks to some good Yennenga Progress friends in Värnamo, the project could be realized. Now the Centre will have enough water to all different activities and the population living around the centre, will also be provided with clean and healthy water. Water is an indispensable foundation and requisite for life and for development.
How should the big tank be lifted up to the top of the construction without any technical support. We tried to find a truck in Ouagdougou with a lift but it was too expensive to hire. What to do? Yes – let us work together!
The name of the farmer’s organisation that was created here in Nakamtenga in the midst of the 80th by Joseph Ilbodou, was Nong Taaba, a word in the local language Moré that means “Let us work together – union give strength” If this was the key-word than, it has still its value. When the truck came, we gathered some 20 young men who together managed to heave the water tank up the 5 meters and put it in place.
When we all sat in the shadow to sip a soft drink to celebrate the new water tank, we used the word “Nong Taaba” as a symbol when we discussed what we can do together to make Nakamenga a good place to live and for all.
The Centre de l’Esprit Ouvert de Nakamtenga will soon have a new skyline.
I love to wake up at dawn in my room in the village Nakamtenga. It is long before I’m going to get up, but it’s so cozy with the sound of all the animals leaving the farm to go out to pasture.
A familiar sound that gives peace and harmony in the soul.
This year, however, we know that there is not much sense to leave the farm. There is not much grass or other greens to find. The rains did not come as they should during the last rainy season, and now it’s more than six months since the last rain came.
This causes problems for both animals and humans. There’s nothing to eat. Prices are rising. The animals are of course the very first to make do with straw, and they are forced to do their best to find their own feed – which also leads to devastation…
We drove past the President’s land that is fenced. There, the difference shows clearly between the land where animals graze and where they can not reach. The animals are a major contributing factor to desertification because they eat everything they can access now when there is nothing left!
Even when you try to use agricultural improvement methods, nature’s own whims are inevitable. But you can do things to mitigate the damage and secure the best you can.
– There was a cereal bank in the village, but today it is empty. This year it could not be filled as the harvest does not cover the needs of the families. Last time there was a drought and they were given corn, the donors said that it was absolutely forbidden to charge for the grain. The traditional system of cereal bank in which you collect cereal when there is a lot and then sell at low price to the members in need, is a way to secure refill and independence.
– The water supply must be secured. There is a deep drilled well that provides drinking water, but we need more parallel projects covering up even other types of water needs. This current damm project, where we hope that the damm will hold water all year around is to allow the animals to drink and enable the cultivation of vegetables and more.
– Tree planting has been organized through out the years. Now a new project is coming up. Tree planting counteract desertification and deforestation. Trees improve the environment and the soil. Trees provide shade, and many trees also provide nutritious fruits and nuts.
– Livestock production also needs to be reviewed. Free grazing animals are devastating all living plants.
The morning before I had to leave (for this time) the village Nakamtenga, AFN held a meeting. AFN: Youth Association in which I am proud honorary member. They have started off in rocket speed and are to be felicitated for the organization of the football coup, we have previously written about here on the blog!
I asked what the next step is for the AFN. “It is to plant trees. As soon as the rainy season starts, we will start planting trees. We promise that next time you come, you will see a clear difference in our village! It will be greener! ”
I leave Nakamtenga with grief for having to leave these great friends and Yennenga Networkers, but also full of joy and energy thanks to all the creativity and power of the Yennenga Networkers taking responsibility, working together, organizing fun things that brings people together, and at the same time not avoiding the difficult questions!
There are certainly lots of more things we could do to create the oasis of our dreams in this desert village. We are grateful for all suggestions we receive. Water is essential for life.
The work in the Yennenga Water Team is continuing. During the meeting held, end of January, the team drew a working plan to be able to give a concrete form to the plans to rehabilitate the dam in Nakamtenga. Beside a source of drinking water for the animals, the dam will have several purposes. When the dam is deepened and formed to contain a suitable level of water around the year, it will be possible to do fish farming which can become an important source of income for the young people in the village. The position of the dam, close to the main road, will attract clients to the nearby restaurant. As there will be planting of trees and other suitable vegetation around the dam, a pleasant site will be created and the microclimate will change for the better.
The planning is done in close collaboration with our Yennenga Networkers in Nakamtenga. They are now providing information and facts, which are important for the designing and calculations of the dam rehabilitation. They have measured the dam and are now digging a three-meter deep hole to test the penetration of the water during dry season.
If everything works as planed, it is possible that the first phase of the dam construction can be achieved before the next rainy season that hopefully starts in July.
A first meeting has been held with the idea to create a Yennenga Water Team with the mission to ameliorate the access to water for the population in Nakamtenga in Burkina Faso. A group of young engineers, a board member of INUG and a representative from Yennenga Progress have, after an introduction meeting and discussion, decided to create a working group to develop ideas about ways to secure water access during the vegetables gardening period for the population and also secure drinking water for animals in Nakamtenga. The area is very arid and the rains are scares and more and more unpredicted. Burkina has a history of rain harvesting so the group will start their work with a survey to gather information about what has already been done.
“I feel very enthusiastic about this challenge”, said one of the young engineers. “This project gives us an opportunity to put our hands on something concrete that can make a change”
The children at the preschool in Nakamtenga, Burkina Faso, know where to put their garbage. They have all been training throughout their years at the school. We recycle buckets, which, in Sweden where used when selling cut flowers. One plastic bucket is used for that which is combustible. Our caretaker Adama takes care of what should be burned. He burns the waste at night when it has stopped blowing. One plastic bucket is used for compost. The school garden has a compost pit. The children take turns to go and empty the bucket with peel, after “fruit hour” when the children get fruit every day. The third bucket is used for glass and metal, which Adama takes care of. He sells scrap metal to those who make pots. The glass is the most difficult to handle. We use the caps from beer and soda bottles for math practice and games.
Ask a 4-year-old in Nakamtenga why we should not throw plastic bags in the wild. The children will then tell us that donkeys, pigs, sheep and goats chew on them and swallow them. Glass, metal and old ragged clothes could also end up in animals’ stomachs and make animals sick and even kill them. Even in the homes the parents get asked by their children to use the trash can or compost bin instead of throwing everything on the ground!
During all those years the children at the preschool have been picking garbage. Even outside the schoolyard. Sometimes adults have asked us what we are doing when the children go in a long line searching and removing what comes in their way, that should not be in the nature. Teachers have patiently encouraged and trained the children to continue to keep nature cleen on the way to school. The area closest to the school is always clean. It becomes a pleasant habit to keep clean and make sure their school and surroundings are clean.
Our first pre-school children are now teenagers. Some are in Nakamtengas youth group. Most of the youth in the youth group have not been able to attend preschools and schools, but they all gather regularly for various activities. They play soccer, they have plans for the village’s future, planting trees and picking trash and doing the whole Nakamtenga