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The Water Project: SOS Children's Village -
The Water Project: SOS Children's Village -
The Water Project: SOS Children's Village -
The Water Project: SOS Children's Village -
The Water Project: SOS Children's Village -
The Water Project: SOS Children's Village -
The Water Project: SOS Children's Village -

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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Community Profile

Our implementing partner reports…
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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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.


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