In January 2017, a group of nurses from Alberta and Saskatchewan travelled to Burkina Faso, West Africa to provide rural villages with prenatal health seminars. During this trip, they found that the lack of access to fundamental resources, like water, were at the root of many of the villager’s issues, health related and otherwise. Villagers need to travel up to 25 km twice a day in order to have access to water. This task is often delegated to children, which means many of them are unable to attend school, leaving them uneducated, and ultimately, setting them up for a much more difficult life.
This situation spurred the team to pair with Bridges of Hope to form ‘Dig Deep’. Dig Deep is meant to empower people in the developing world through the construction and maintenance of water wells. The team is on a mission to help these kids and their families by offering each of the ten villages they visited reliable and convenient access to clean water, therefore reducing water-contaminated illness and giving children the opportunity to attend school.