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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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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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!


99 individual donors
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