The people of Kigazi have been desperate for water. Their nearest source is 10 kilometers away from their community and is little more than a ground-water-fed mud puddle. The vice mayor of social affairs for Nyagatare district, Charlotte Musabyimana, asked LWI Rwanda if we could help. Upon visiting the community, the team decided it was immediately necessary. The Kigazi well has a water committee consisting of a church representative, the village chief, and a village layman. The water committee has opened a bank account which will be used to fund repairs in the future, ensuring the sustainability and financial ownership of the project. Living Water International has also enlisted this well in its operation and maintenance program which will make quarterly visits to the site to ensure the pump remains operable and to do follow up health and hygiene training with the community along with telling Bible stories, praying with the community, and strengthening ties with the local church. When the team arrived, community members were suffering from malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. Most community members sustain their families by raising livestock; mostly cattle. The nearest school is located five kilometers away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the
water project whenever possible.
The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-seven year old community member and farmer, Deo Biziyaremie, who stated, "We have been trekking to Akagera National Park, which is 10 kilometers away, to gather dirty water. Now we have a water source right here in our village! Thank you God!"
LWI Rwanda team member, Melchizedek Keoye, taught health and hygiene principles to 60 people in the village of Kigazi. During the hygiene education, the team addressed: Disease transmission, germs, hand washing, proper water saving methods, causes of diarrhea, 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 behavior, disease transmission stories, clean hands and clean hearts and dental hygiene.
11/03/2011: Karangazi Well is Complete
A new well project has been completed for the community of Karangazi in Rwanda. We have posted pictures, GPS coordinates and a report from our field implementer.
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 community in Rwanda
Project Type: Hand Pumped Well
Location: Nyagatare, Karangazi, Kamate, Rwanda