• Bring clean water
    to an African village.

  • We can't help everyone,
    but everyone can help




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

Who is GWGL

Give Water, Give Life was initially created in the Central West Region of Burkina Faso, Africa just south of the Sahara Desert where only 28 inches of rain falls each year. Built as a self-help organization, the goal is to provide access to clean water to those that otherwise would not have it. Our mission is to create properly constructed village rainwater catchment basins that can collect rainfall all year round in order to provide villagers with drinking water, water reserves for crops and animals, and to most importantly eliminate sickness and death within these communities.

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.


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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