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The Water Project: Nyamirama Secondary School Well -
The Water Project: Nyamirama Secondary School Well -
The Water Project: Nyamirama Secondary School Well -
The Water Project: Nyamirama Secondary School Well -
The Water Project: Nyamirama Secondary School Well -
The Water Project: Nyamirama Secondary School Well -
The Water Project: Nyamirama Secondary School Well -

Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Aug 2011

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Community Profile

A hand-pumped well was recently completed at the Nyamirama Secondary School and surrounding community in Rwanda. The community used to draw it’s water from a nearby lake.  The school would often send a vehicle to gather water from this
source for students at great expense.  Now, both the school and
community are freed from this burden so they can pursue more productive
activities without the risk of illness from dirty water.

Our implementing team reported from the field that…

When the team arrived, community members were dependent on a municipal water system to meet all of their water needs. Community families had also been suffering from cholera, dysentery, typhoid, malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration. The LWI Rwanda team was pleased to learn of the community’s use of a latrine, as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of ten men and ten women who assisted the LWI Rwanda team with the water project whenever possible and provided food for the drill team. Most community members sustain their families by small scale farming and selling their produce at local markets. The nearest school is a secondary school located in 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, Vianney Nzabamwita, with a LWI Rwanda contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-three year old community member and school headmaster, Vianney Nzabamwita, who stated, “The old water used to be coming at odd hours (midnight, for instance) and during the day it would be off. This made it unreliable and less in accordance to the demand so we had to buy lake water and transport it to school which was expensive. We are happy to have this well because it has water all the time and the cost will definitely go down. Thank you.”

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, Oral Rehydration Solution, how to take proper care of the pump, how to keep the water clean, good and bad hygiene behaviors and dental hygiene.

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Project Type

Dug Well and Hand Pump

Hand-dug wells are best suited for clay, sand, gravel and mixed soil ground formations. A large diameter well is dug by hand, and then lined with either bricks or concrete to prevent contamination and collapse of the well. Once a water table is hit, the well is capped and a hand-pump is installed – creating a complete and enclosed water system.


215 individual donors
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