Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports...
When the LWI Rwanda team arrived, community members were utilizing a river located half of a kilometer away from the community to meet their most immediate water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration. The community’s use of a covered pit latrine will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. During the team’s stay, community members 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. Before leaving the community, the team provided a community member and farmer 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 twenty-five year old community member and farmer, Emmanuel Bonane, who stated, "We have been using dirty water from a swamp close to the rice farms. Our new water source has clean water free from fertilizers."
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.
07/18/2012: Well Completed In Nyanda, Rwanda
We are excited to report that a new well is providing safe, clean water to the village of Nyanda, Rwanda. We have just posted a report from the field with GPS coordinates and pictures
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 #3026
Project Type: Hand Pumped Well
Location: Eastern Kirehe, Musaza, Nyanda, Rwanda