Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 450 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: May 2011

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The FAWE (Forum for African Women's Education) Girl's School has been forced to send a pickup truck several times a day to supply water for their students. Each student is allotted two liters of water they are to ration throughout the day. This water has to stretch from washing their uniform, to cleaning their bodies, to drinking. They have not had enough water, until now. When the team arrived community members and school students were suffering from dysentery, malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration because of the serious water deficiency in their area. During the team's stay, community members assisted by providing labor for the team during the day and security over the water project during the night. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Charles Karamaga, 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 thirty-one year old community member and head teacher, Charles Karamaga, who stated, "The old water was too expensive because it was being brought to the school in a pickup
and couldn't satisfy the needs of this girl's school. It was also dirty as it came from the lake without being treated. This new water inside our compound will drastically reduce the cost and now it is clean as it comes from unpolluted grounds."

LWI Rwanda team member, Philip Rukamba, shared an introductory hygiene lesson with community members at the well site. During the hygiene education, which follow-up education will take place quarterly, the following principle issues were addressed: 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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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!


119 individual donors
Blue Star Elementary
Happy Birthday, Robin Blair
RevelationSky Harmony Foundation
St Francis Youth
Christ Our Light Parish
Congregation Beth Elohim
St. Gabriel Grade 8 Class of 2011
lift and walk
Edison State College
The Harbour G2 Group
Fort Collins High School
Bethany & Brenna's Birthday Fundraising Page
Charity Fashion Show
Emily Fisher and Michelle Fan - LIVE LOVE WATER
Nikhil Dutt's Fundraising Page