A collective, solidary and sustainable project in three acts

2023, Ivory Coast

Based in Ivory Coast, the association Marg'EAU works daily to improve living conditions and access to water for communities. Marg'EAU can count on volunteers like Françoise Attioua and Adèle Kouassi, as well as its president, Dalila Bourriez. In the past, they have carried out several actions in a school in Abidjan. For example, the installation of safety barriers and speed bumps in front of the school, to protect the crossing of children. In 2021, the association has launched a new project that is vital to the daily lives of schoolchildren: access to water. Until then, there was no connection to the network. With a total of 650 students - and sometimes 130 per class - such an arrangement had become essential.

03. Good health and well-being
06. Clean water and sanitation

I am extremely happy to see the number of colleagues involved in this challenge alongside John Cockerill Services and the foundation. I am very proud to work in a group that has a foundation ready to help the most needy people in the world.

Arnaldo Junior

This new project is the second supported by the John Cockerill Foundation in Ivory Coast. The first one concerned the distribution of water for a birthing center in Abidjan.

Led by Arnaldo Junior – Technical Operations Manager for John Cockerill Services in Ivory Coast, the local teams took charge of the follow-up of the implementation. Eventually, hygiene, health and well-being will be brought to the school children.






km covered



Move for Marg’Eau is a collective, solidarity-based and sustainable project in three acts.

Act 1: mobilization

John Cockerill Services organized a worldwide sports challenge, open to all Group employees.

More than 1,346 people took part
More than 25,819 km were covered
For a result of nearly 30,000 euros generated to finance the project

Act 2: drilling the well

Samples of the strata encountered at each meter of depth were taken.

Then, the drilling with biodegradable mud, with a 9″7/8 tricone from 0 to 23 ma. This was done with a drilling equipment in PVC 140 mm and gravelling.

Act 3: connection and commissioning

As the connection to the electrical network was finally not possible, the commissioning was delayed. We then proposed additional financing to ensure the installation of a clean, autonomous and secure energy production system.

After many months, thanks to the commitment, resilience and creativity of the teams, the water is finally flowing! Schoolchildren can now study in better sanitary conditions, conducive to simple and elementary daily gestures – such as washing their hands, going to the toilet, drinking, etc. – in a safe environment.