In 2002, FXB started the first phase of its program in Siou, northern Togo, to support vulnerable people by strengthening existing medical and school structures through the provision of basic materials. The second phase of this program was launched in 2006 to generalize access to drinking water in the Canton of Siou. The program was proposed and managed by Georges Casati, Francois-Xavier’s stepfather. It perpetuates the values of generosity and compassion, which guided the life of Francois-Xavier. In development, it pursues the rescue missions led by Francois-Xavier in the Suisse Alps and Africa.
For the past 30 years, the State of Togo had provided access to drinking water to the Siou people. Each neighborhood benefited from at least one water pump, supplying the community with free drinking water. Infrastructure maintenance and water consumption were thus the responsibility of the State of Togo until 1996, which is when the state withdrew, compelling the local population to shoulder the costs of the water pumps. Given a significant portion of this population lives in extreme poverty, locals had no alternative but to fetch water from ponds that are usually unsuitable for human consumption. Although some water pumps have been taken over by private companies, resulting in high exploitation costs, most unused pumps are decaying.
FXB has developed a program to build traditional wells and restore drinking water to the population of Siou. The success of the project was due to the direct involvement of the populations and the development of their sense of ownership. To this effect, water pump committees have been created in each neighborhood. Their role is to ensure that funds are raised to cover water consumption costs, infrastructure maintenance and conflict médiators.
The 13 existing water pumps have been repaired by replacing pipes and water drawing taps.
FXB has provided the Canton of Siou with seven new water pumps.