What we do


South of the Sahara desert we find a region that extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea crossing Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad. The Sahel is an area of transition where the lack of rain, deforestation, the erosion of the soil and the over exploitation of pastures have caused an accelerated desertification. Lands that were once fertile, where millet was grown and cows grazed have now become arid and thirsty



According to the UN 900 million people lack access to potable water and two fifths of the world population (nearly 2.500 million of people) do not have connection to sanitation networks. The main victims of water shortage are children. UNICEF notes that every day 3.000 children die in the world for lacking access to potable water. This amounts to more than one million deaths every year, most of them of children younger than five.


Non-potable water causes the 80% of illnesses in the world. There is a direct relation between non-potable water and certain illnesses, especially those related to acute diarrhoea. Water collection is part of gender inequalities: in the African continent women and young girls are in charge of providing water. It takes up to five hours a day for millions of women and girls to fetch water from its nearest source. Improving water systems reduce the domestic workload and contribute to the improving of women’s health.



The construction of wells allows to cover basic necessities of the beneficiary population and it is always done in collaboration with local Burkinabe counterparts that know the needs and the problems of the land. The water wells are the first essential step towards developing any other development projects. Aigua pel Sahel considers that access to water is a basic right and the basic element of any sustainable development.


Nearly the 100% of our resources are dedicated to the construction of wells

Local Partners

Aigua pel Sahel always works in collaboration with local NGOs to ensure the sustainability of the project and the non-dependence from giving countries. Projects are always planned with the local partners. While Aigua pel Sahel fundraises for the development of these projects it is the local NGO who implements the project.

The Benneficiaries

They are the main reason of existence of Aigua pel Sahel. More than 200.000 people that, since our project started, have benefited from the results of our activity