Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports...
LWI Rwanda's Sustainability Coordinator, Philip Rukamba, and the leader of the Karambi Secondary School with 785 students chose this site. Members of the school board were also present. This site was picked because Living Water visited the site and discovered students needing water, without any access to clean water nearby. The previous water was really dirty and could not have been helpful to the students. Their uniforms were getting stained due to the dirty water, and they were getting water-related, preventable diseases. Because of this, their education suffered. LWI and the local leaders therefore decided to help this school with their water problem. The management of the school and the students are so happy to have clean water. They are full of gratitude towards the people providing water and they are also thankful to God who has so richly provided for them. The water engineer of the district, as well as leadership at the sector and cell levels consulted in siting this well and picking this community. The school board will take leadership in caring for and managing the site and the well. The discussions between Philip and the school management agreed on a way to manage the well. The leaders will be upgrading the well from a hand pump to an electric submersible pump. The school and the students will also benefit from managing the well. The community signed an MOU with LWI, outlining their commitment for well management and upgrading the well with locally raised funding. The person who is responsible for this project's sustainability made a plan for how the community will be able to sustain the well. The chairman, secretary, and treasurer committed to overseeing how the students and community should contribute money in case the hand pump breaks. They will then be able to buy the spares to repair it. Karambi Secondary School is so thankful to God for the provision of this well. They are praising God for the people who are committed to developing Rwanda and helping the Rwandan schools. Because of this well, they have life and health, and they are so grateful.
The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with forty-two year old community member and teacher, Nyina Wumuntu, who stated, "Here we are getting clean water nearby compared to the old source which was dirty and coming from far away. So it was hard because collecting it took much of our time and made it difficult to study our books. This new water source is helping us in a huge way."
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.
12/11/2012: Karambi Secondary School Project Complete!
We are excited to report that the Karambi Secondary School in Rwanda now has a new source for safe, clean water. We just posted a report from the field including information about the community, 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
Project Type: Hand Pumped Well
Location: Southern, Ruhango, Kabagali, Karambi Secondary School, Rwanda