A hand-pumped well was recently completed at the St. Theresa Secondary
School and surrounding community in Rwanda. It will serve up to 700
people in the area. The community used to draw it's water from a nearby
pond. The school would often send a vehicle to find a clean water
source for students at great expense. Now, both the school and
community are freed from this burden so they can pursue more productive
activities without the risk of illness from dirty water.
Our implementing partner reports from the project that...
"When the LWI Rwanda team arrived, community members were dependent on a municipal water system located three kilometers away from the community, to meet all of their water
needs. Because of the community's dependence on this inconsistent water
source, families were, at times, forced to seek local and contaminated
water sources to meet their water needs and were suffering from cholera,
dysentery, typhoid and malaria. During the team's stay, community
members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and
helped provide security over the project during the night. Most
community members earn a living by small scale farming or by teaching at
the secondary school. The school is located three kilometers away from
the community, whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Abraham Kitende, with a LWI Rwanda contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.
The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with fifty-five year old
community member and school directory, Abraham Kitende, who stated, 'The
municipal water system was not enough especially for the girls, we used
to get more water from Lake Muhazi which was dirty but we had no
alternative. We are so happy to have this water well which shall relieve
our cost of repairs of the [school's] cars and fuel to and from Muhazi.
We are so blessed to have clean water. Thank you.'
The LWI Rwanda team shared an introductory hygiene lesson with community members gathered at the well site. During the hygiene education, the team addressed: Disease transmission, germs, hand washing, proper water saving techniques, healthy and unhealthy communities, Oral Rehydration Solution, how to take proper care of the pump, how to keep the water clean, community mapping and identifying good and bad hygiene behaviors, and dental hygiene."
08/19/2011: St. Theresa Secondary School Well is Complete
A hand-pumped well was recently completed for the St. Theresa Secondary School and surrounding community in Rwanda. It will serve up to 700 people in the area. We have posted pictures, GPS coordinates and a report from the field.
Nearly 20 years ago, we set out to help the church in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. 600 million people in the world live on less than $2 a day. 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water.
For all practical purposes, these statistics refer to the same people; around the world, communities are trapped in debilitating poverty because they constantly suffer from water-related diseases and parasites, and/or because they spend long stretches of their time carrying water over long distances.
In response to this need, we implement participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries. Since we started, we’ve completed water projects for 7,000 communities in 26 countries.
It all began in 1990, when a group from Houston, Texas traveled to Kenya and saw the desperate need for clean drinking water. They returned to Houston and founded a 501(c)3 non-profit. The fledgling organization equipped and trained a team of Kenyan drillers, and LWI Kenya began operations the next year under the direction of a national board.
That pattern continues today; we train, consult, and equip local people to implement solutions in their own countries.
Remembering the life-changing nature of that first trip in 1990, we also lead hundreds of volunteers on mission trips each year, working with local communities, under the leadership of nationals, to implement water projects. It’s hard to know which lives are changed more—those “serving” or those “being served.”
Our training programs in shallow well drilling, pump repair, and hygiene education have equipped thousands of volunteers and professionals in the basics of integrated water solutions since 1997.
Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water.
The Water Project is partnering with Living Water International to provide wells in Rwanda that bring clean, safe drinking water to thousands. And we're committing to making sure that these projects last for a long time by thinking through sustainability first. From the beginning, we'll have a plan in place to monitor and evaluate each well over time. We'll train communities in basic repair and maintenance, and we'll be available to help if things break down.
LWI will work with each community to ensure there is local ownership. We'll also fund sanitation and hygiene training so that better health practices will multiply the good of a new clean source of water. And then we'll keep going back...to make sure things continue working long into the future.
A new well for a community in Rwanda
Project Type: Hand Dug Wells
Location: Kayonza, Mukarange, Bwiza, Rwanda