SOS Children's Village

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -1.95
Longitude 30.52

160 Served

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Stories and 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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Recent Project Updates

05/23/2011: SOS Childrens Village Well Complete

The new well for the SOS Children’s Village has been completed.  This well will serve the over 160 people at the orphanage and the surrounding community.  Pictures, GPS and a community profile have been posted.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Eastern Kayonza, Nyamirama
ProjectID: 3003
Install Date:  05/23/2011

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 10/05/2016
Well Depth:  420.00M

Visit History:
02/04/2015 — Functional
09/03/2015 — Functional
10/05/2016 — Functional


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

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Country Details


Population: 10.2 million
Lacking clean water: 35%
Below poverty line: 60%

While 35 percent of Rwanda's population lacks access to an improved
water source, the country has numerous rivers and streams as well as
tremendous potential for developing groundwater resources. Villagers in
many areas are forced to walk several miles to the nearest source of
water—contaminated water from a swamp, stream, or open well. For these
desperate communities, Living Water International offers hope. Since
beginning operations in Rwanda in 2007, Living Water has completed more
than 195 water projects there.

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Partner Profile

Nearly 20 years ago, LWI set out to help the church in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. 600 million people in the world live on less than $2 a day. 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water.

In response to this need, LWI implements participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries.

LWI is a former partner of The Water Project.