Impact: 408 Served
Install Date: 06/05/2012
Upon completion of the project, our implementing partner reported from the field…
This well was drilled after consulting with the local professional in charge of water and environment in Kirehe District, Sylvain Mutabaruka. He guided Living Water to this site and he told the LWI Rwanda team the well will be maintained by district technicians after its 1-year warranty by LWI. LWI’s operations and maintenance teams will make routine visits to this well to ensure it is kept functional and continues to be a blessing to the people of Rurama. When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a river located .1 of a kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of two men and two women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and provided any materials they had available. Most community members earn a living by farming and selling what excess produce they have at nearby markets. The nearest school is located two 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, Sylvain Mutabaruka, 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 forty-two year old community member and farmer, Schedrack Bazibaza, who stated, “I believe we now have one of the most important forms of disease prevention in our community. It is a great opportunity for us as villagers.”
During the hygiene education, the LWI Rwanda team addresses: Hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons are taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices, and implement community driven solutions.
While 35 percent of Rwanda's population lacks access to an improved
water source, the country has numerous rivers and streams as well as
tremendous potential for developing groundwater resources. Villagers in
many areas are forced to walk several miles to the nearest source of
water—contaminated water from a swamp, stream, or open well. For these
desperate communities, Living Water International offers hope. Since
beginning operations in Rwanda in 2007, Living Water has completed more
than 195 water projects there.
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.