Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 500 Served

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

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Community Profile

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Rukara college is known as one of the most elite schools in Rwanda, though until now it has lacked only one thing: water. The school administrators have had to send a pickup truck several times a day to Lake Muhazi for water. The water has needed to be rationed and water borne sickness has plagued the school. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of two men and two women who assisted the team with the water project and provided security over the water project during the night. The majority of ommunity
members sustain a living by farming and selling their produce at local markets. Before leaving the community, the team provided a LWI Rwanda contact number with, Ally Muhire, 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 fifty-five year old community member and college directory, Muhire Cassian, who stated, "The old water was unreliable. We had a pump which broke and we had to send a pickup truck to Lake Muhazi. Now this water is clean and it is here in our compound. We are so happy."
The LWI Rwanda team shared an introductory hygiene lesson with community members gathered at the well site. During the hygiene education, the team addressed the following principle[le 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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Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


99 individual donors
Montclair Presbyterian Church
Holly Family
The Vestibule
SRUBC Youth Service
Heckman Family
Bedford High School
lift and walk
T Square Baguettte
Reinhardt University
Troy First Baptist Church