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The site of Nyabisindu was selected by Mayor Ambrose Rubonera who told us that this village is too large to be sustained by the water sources they have there. On top of that, the water sources at Nyabisindu were all surface water and were contaminated, often making the people sick. The village chief told us that until now, they have not had any water they can drink. He said that they could clean and cook with it, but none that they could just drink. We were also told that because the former water source was a swamp, the incidence of malaria was high.
Nyabisindu does not yet have a water committee for this well but the chief of the village and local government leaders (the executive of the cell and sector chief) have told us they will take the responsibility of caring for the well while a committee is formed and a bank account opened. The bank account will be used to fund repairs on their well, should it fall into disrepair at a later date. This bank account is more to ensure community ownership of the well, at this point, as LWI has also committed to its long-term sustainability, enrolling it in our operations and maintenance (O&M) program which will ensure that the site is visited quarterly, that needed repairs or maintenance is performed, that follow-up health and hygiene is taught, and that there is follow-up disciple-making through story telling.
Our sustainability coordinator will be checking up on this site as well, to ensure that the committee has been formed, that the account has been opened, and that the community is properly caring for the pump. He will also be assessing the impact of our health and hygiene training in the communities, looking for manifestations of good hygiene practices.
The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-two year old community member and farmer, Emmanuel Ndamache, who stated, "We were sick from the swamps we had to get our water from. It was far as well. This water is beautiful and clear. Thank you! Thank God!"
10/13/2011: Nyabisindu Community Well is Complete
A new well has been completed for the Nyabisindu Community in Rwanda. We have posted pictures, a report from the field and map coordinates.
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 Pumped Well
Location: Gatsibo, Kiramuruzi, Nyabisindu, Rwanda