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Water is the key to economic, social, and physical growth.

In Sissene, Burkina Faso enormous difficulties existed because there was no supply of water. Building a village rainwater catchment basin (a small water reservoir) provides a reliable year-round source of water. Water helps generate economic development opportunities for residents and sustainability for an easier existence. The partnership between Community Building Group (North America) has helped the citizens of Sissene have this opportunity by completing the construction of a rainwater catchment basin in June 2008. But we don't want to stop here!

Give Water Give Life is self-help, led by Burkinabe people for each other. We are in Burkina Faso, Africa just south of the Sahara Desert, where enormous difficulties exist when there is no supply of water. Less than 28 inches of rain falls each year. A properly constructed village rainwater catchment basin can collect rainfall and sustain people the entire year. With water, we create jobs and opportunity for ourselves. Our first was built in Sisene, Burkina Faso. It holds 6,000 cubic meters (1.5 million gallons) of water. Organization, design and construction took two years. Local residents’ labor built the rainwater catchment basin, which is half the cost. Now they utilize the rainwater catchment basin for irrigating farms & gardens, raising livestock, constructing bricks and buildings, fishing, reforestation, and business development. Schools are expanding with more healthy children. With water, hard work is magical! Two more villages are organized and ready to build rainwater catchment basins. Our team members in Burkina Faso, are tapping the capability of the villagers of Doulou and Ramongo to build and manage new rainwater catchment basins. One basin costs $85,000. Cash is used to pay for design, heavy equipment, and materials. Villagers contribute their labor. You can help construct new village rainwater catchment basins. No pity please! Your investment will create sustainable results.

Water is the
driving force of all nature.

A properly constructed village rainwater catchment basin can collect rainfall and sustain people for years.
With water, we create jobs and opportunity for ourselves.




Water is Life

Without water, you cannot drink, stay clean, maintain proper hygiene or grow food

783 million or 1/6 of the world's population do not have access to clean water

2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities

Unsafe water kills 200 children every hour

40 billion hours are spent collecting water in Africa every year

0.3 percent of the earth's available water is drinkable. The rest is trapped in glaciers or is in the ground

Lack of water access to clean water is the number one killer of humans today


Our Mission

What is our goal in the long run?

Give Water Give Life was created and is led by Burkinabe people for each other. We live in the Central West region of Burkina Faso, Africa, just south of the Sahara Desert. Less than 28 inches of rain falls each year. Fortunately, a properly constructed village rainwater catchment basin can collect the rainfall to sustain our villages for an entire year. One village rainwater catchment basin provides 2500 of us with drinking water, water for crops and animals, and even a home for fish. With water, we create jobs in our villages and improve our health. We give life!


Give Water Give Life is designed for permanent and enduring change in water-stricken villages of Burkina Faso where wells dry up. We address the root cause of annual rainwater shortage by the building of village rainwater catchment basins holding rainwater year round. Basins also raise the water table in water-starved agricultural villages and keep wells full.


GWGL calls on resources from several disciplines (community organizers and trainers, engineers, public health experts, villagers, local authorities). While community based, GWGL incorporates the latest technology including satellite imaging, wind and solar energy and the latest advances in filtration, irrigation, and rainwater spillover.

High Impact

A village rainwater catchment basin for a village of 2000 Burkinabe provides for drinking water; water for crops, feeding of livestock, making bricks; education and community development; family and community cohesion, and improved health and nutrition.


GWGL keeps overhead costs low while providing villagers training in business, basin maintenance, preventive health and a business plan for raising funds to maintain the basin. Villagers also contribute seed money from basin income for the next village to start building.


WGL calls for investment, not charity. Once the village rainwater catchment basin is built, the project is owned and run as a business by the community.

volunteers do not
necessarily have the time;
they just have the heart.



From within our country and without.

We are blessed with expertise from partnering engineers from Burkina Faso and irrigation experts from the US. We consult with local and US universities. We receive volunteers both local and from abroad. We all join hands to give water, give life.

Seydou Traoré, PhD.

Executive Director and Board Director of CBG

A Burkina Faso native, Seydou Traoré is a PhD. (Water Resources & Irrigation Engineer) and committed partner with AZN. Dr. Traoré began his Fulbright scholarship in 2013 in affiliation with Texas A&M University. He is helping the Program with irrigation system development and application and interaction with the Government of Burkina Faso.

K. Laeticia Kabore

Program Coordinator, Eng. Degree, Polytechnic University of Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

Graduate student in engineering, gathers technical and local information for the design of the village rainwater catchment basins and irrigation systems.

Ms. Kathleen McDonald

President Community Building Group (CBG)

Kathleen McDonald was a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso 1971 - 1973 and has been working with AZN since 2007. Community Building Group, Ltd. (CBG) is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in Florida, U.S.A. and partnered with AZN on the first village rainwater catchment basin in Sisene. CBG’s commitment is to fund-raising, cross cultural exchange; leadership development; and mentoring women, students, and young people.

Guy Fipps, PhD.

Director of the Irrigation Technology Center at Texas A&M University

The Center is providing technical research and information for quality and sustainable irrigation systems that will be constructed with each new village rainwater catchment basin. . Dr. Fipps excels throughout the world (including Afghanistan, Australia, Burkina Faso, China, Iraq) with water irrigation systems.

Iris Patten, PhD.

Professor of land use planning. University of Arizona (Formerly University of Florida)

Iris assists the project with research on utilizing local materials for water filtration of the rainwater basin. Ten graduate level students participated in the research and design. In April 2009, Iris visited the new basin in Sisene to collect data and information from the villagers and project participants.

Ousmane Traore

Msc, Degree, Graduate from the University of Ouagadougou

Ibrahima Zerbo

Eng. Degree, Polytechnic University of Bobo Dioulasso

Burkina FasoGraduate student in engineering, gathers technical and local information for the design of the village rainwater catchment basins and irrigation systems.

Bagnel Blaise

Graduate MSc from University of Ouagadougou Burkina Faso

Committed Member

Awa Zerbo

Msc Social Science, Graduate from University of Ouagadougou

Committed Member

Adama Traore

Eng. Degree, Polytechnic University of Bobo Dioulasso

Committed Member

Feel free to contact us with questions, comments or donations!

Contact us


Kathleen McDonald, President
Community Building Group, Ltd.
13801 Walsingham Road, #A-19
Largo, Florida 33774
United States of America
1 (727) 515-0371


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