Group Scolaire Gahini Secondary School



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Country:
Rwanda

Program:
Wells for Rwanda

GPS:
Latitude -1.84
Longitude 30.48

Impact:
500 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and Community Profile

Our implementing partner reports…

When the team arrived, community members and students were forced to travel 2 kilometers to a small stream for water or walk 2.5 kilometers to Lake Muhazi. Because of this, students were unable to stay in school and were suffering from dysentery, malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration. There had also been four students’ deaths in the past three years, from students drowning in attempt to collect water. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee lead by one man and one woman who assisted the team with the water project and provided security over the project during the night. The majority of community members sustain a living by farming.

There are a handful of community members who are able to sell their produce at local markets, while the majority must utilize all of their produce to feed their families. The nearest school is a secondary school, located in 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 and water committee leader, Anaclet Karamuka, with a LWI Rwanda contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to
vandalism or theft.

The team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-eight year old community member and school director of discipline, Anaclet Karamuka, who stated, “The old water was dirty. It was expensive to have driven to the school and it was too dangerous for the kids to go to fetch it. Now we are happy for the availability of clean water.”

LWI Rwanda team member, Philip Rukamba, shared an introductory hygiene lesson with community members, including 870 secondary students. During the hygiene education; which will be followed-up with quarterly, the team addressed the following principle issues: Disease transmission, Germs, Hand Washing- proper techniques and water saving methods, Healthy Unhealthy Communities, Oral Rehydration Solution, Proper care of the pump, Keeping the water clean, Tippy Tap- simple hand washing devise, Good-bad hygiene behaviors, Disease Transmission Stories and Dental Hygiene.


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Recent Project Updates


05/16/2011: Group Scolaire Gahini Secondary School Completed

The new well for Group Scolaire Gahini Secondary School has been completed. Over 900 will be served. A full report with pictures and GPS has been posted.


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Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Eastern Province, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3000
Install Date:  05/14/2011

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Functional
Last Visit: 02/23/2017
Well Depth:  210.00M

Visit History:
02/04/2015 — Functional
09/02/2015 — Functional
02/23/2017 — Functional




Sponsors


66 individual donors
Cynthia Flint Crawford
Jamie Davidow & Maisie Aines
University Friends Meeting Children's Program
Furness family
Jamie Davidow and Maisie Aines
CGBC YAC
Norcross Presbyterian Church
Shiloh Middle School
Glenridge Neighborhood Water Project
Mount Olivet United Methodist Church
AKF Group LLC
Jonah Development Group


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Country Details

Rwanda

Population: 10.2 million
Lacking clean water: 35%
Below poverty line: 60%

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.

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Partner Profile

Nearly 20 years ago, LWI 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.

In response to this need, LWI implements participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries.

LWI is a former partner of The Water Project.