Kayonza Village and School

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -1.90
Longitude 30.50

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

LWI Rwanda, our implementing partner on this project, is the only non-profit providing community-based water solutions in rural Rwanda. Since beginning operations in Rwanda in 2007, more than 145 water projects have been completed there. Villagers in many areas are forced to walk several miles to the nearest source of water—sources that, most often, are contaminated or otherwise compromised. For these desperate communities, LWI Rwanda offers hope. In the coming year, LWI Rwanda plans to drill 58 new wells, providing clean, safe water to thousands of Rwandans for generations to come with the help of The Water Project.

Our implementing team reported from this project…

When the team arrived, community members had been utilizing a river located one kilometer away from the community, as their primary source of water. Because of this, community members were suffering from malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. The majority of community members sustain a living by farming and selling any excess
produce at the local markets. The nearest school is located one kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Justin Bagaragaza, 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 twenty-three year old community member and youth coordinator, Justin Bagaragaza, who stated, “This water is clean and the old water was very dirty. Now we have clean water near our community. Thank you!”

During the hygiene education, the LWI Rwanda team addressed the following principle issues: Disease transmission, germs, hand washing, proper water saving techniques, healthy and unhealthy communities, diarrhea, how to take proper care of the pump, how to keep the water clean, good and bad hygiene behaviors and dental hygiene.

The team had an opportunity to share oral Bible stories with community families gathered at the well site. No one came forward to witness, but the team felt that many seeds were planted.

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Recent Project Updates

07/06/2011: Kayonza Village and School Well Completed

The new well for the Kayonza Village and School has been completed.  We’ve posted pictures, GPS map coordinates and a full update.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kayonza, Mukarang, Mburabuturo, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3005
Install Date:  07/06/2011

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 12/20/2016
Well Depth:  225.00M

Visit History:
03/04/2015 — Functional
08/11/2015 — Functional
10/06/2016 — Functional
12/20/2016 — Functional

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.