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: Jul 2011

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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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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!


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