Nyamirama Secondary School Well

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -1.88
Longitude 30.50

500 Served

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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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08/19/2011: Nyamirama Secondary School Well Complete

A hand-pumped well was recently completed for the Nyamirama Secondary
School and surrounding community in Rwanda. We have posted pictures, GPS coordinates, and a report from the field.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kayonza, Nyamirama, Kabeza, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3008
Install Date:  08/19/2011

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 10/07/2016
Well Depth:  270.00M

Visit History:
10/27/2014 — Functional
04/02/2015 — Functional
08/12/2015 — Functional
10/07/2016 — Functional


215 individual donors
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The Brown Family: Nick, Catheryne, Helena & Viggo
Karen Oliver and Associates on behalf Eau Thermale Avene & Hubert Bevelsborg
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Schreiner and DeBoo Families
The Granville Family
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Twister Sisters, Fred Smith and Billy Bob
CDL, Inc.
Aqua Engineering, Inc.
The Williams Family

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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.