Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports...
The site was picked by the Executive Secretary of Murama cell together with Living Water staff (Philip) and the District Engineer. The site was picked because the community has no other alternative water source. The local leadership consulted has demonstrated that the lack of water in this area was a burden to the population for many years. Because of this, families were suffering from malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. The LWI Rwanda team was pleased to learn of the community’s use of a covered pit latrine as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. The visiting team has discussed the Well management and sustainability plan including: releasing a plot of land, tariff collection, and establishment of water management committee. The community has signed a MoU with LWI. They will not be able to upgrade this well at this time because they have no electricity in the area. Most community members earn a living by farming and selling what excess produce they have at nearby markets. The nearest school is located one kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Now, the College Adventiste de Gitwe has a both a school (College Adventise de Gitwe) and a clinic (Karambo II). The LWI Rwanda team drilled two boreholes to serve both. The reason why Rusororo is close to the College, but not shared, is because it's inside their college compound. They plan to upgrade this hand pump to a submersible electric pump later which will serve the compound only. Hence, not including the nearby village and school in Rusororo.
The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with forty-seven year old community member and farmer, Noel Ndabizi, who stated, "The people are very happy to get clean water, it’s different from the old one it was dirty and has worms, so thank be the project that managed to help us."
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.
A LWI Rwanda team member commented, "The community was happy with the oral history sharing of the Samaritan woman. Most of them were Christians and they thank God for his abundant love to get water."
10/30/2012: Karambo II Project Complete
We are excited to report that the Karambo II water project in Rwanda is complete and providing safe, clean water to the people of the village. We just posted a report from the field including pictures and GPS coorinates
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, Bweramana, Karambo II, Rwanda