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

Our implementing partner reports from the field...

"When the team arrived, community members were using a river located three kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs and because of this, residents were suffering from malaria. 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 excess produce at local markets, though many are forced to keep all of their produce to feed their families. The nearest school is located .5 of a 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 a LWI Rwanda contact number with community member, John Kajeguhakwa, in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The LWI Rwanda team shared an introductory hygiene lesson with community members gathered at the well site. During the hygiene education, the team addressed; Disease transmission, germs, hand washing, proper water saving techniques, healthy and unhealthy communities, diarrhea doll, causes of diarrhea, keeping the water clean, tippy tap and simple hand washing, community mapping, good and bad hygiene behaviors, clean hands and clean hearts and dental hygiene.

The team had an opportunity to meet with sixty-five year old community member and farmer, Anastaz Seromba, who stated, "We used to have to travel at least 3 kilometers in any direction to find water and now it is right here in our village. We are so thankful."

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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!

We used to have to travel at least 3 kilometers in any direction to find water and now it is right here in our village. We are so thankful.

Anastaz S. - Farmer


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