Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 160 Served

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

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SOS Children’s Village provides a home to children without parents. They have a school, nurse's station, cafeteria and dormitories on their campus. The one thing their campus has been missing is water. When the team arrived, community members were forced to utilize a spring to meet all of their water needs and because of this, residents and students were suffering from dysentery and malaria. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of two men 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 and selling their produce at local markets. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Munyehana Muberuga, 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-six year old community member and school secretary, Munyehana Muberuga, who stated, “The old water was too far away. We could not provide enough water for the orphans until now. Thank you so much!”
The LWI Rwanda team shared hygiene education with 81 community members gathered at the well site. During the hygiene education, 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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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!


43 individual donors
Riverside Elementary School
South Jefferson Central High School
Ms. Buzzi's Third Grade Class @ Our Lady of the Elms
The Jake Shames Group
St. Lawrence the Martyr School
Sweet Home High School
Fairfax Villa Elementary School