Gakiri Community Well

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -1.63
Longitude 30.38

500 Served

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The old water source was far for us, but the new water source is right within the village and has very clean water. Thank you.

Evarest M. - Farmer

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Stories and Community Profile

Our implementing partner reports from the field…

When the team arrived, community members were walking four kilometers for water from a spring. Because of the community’s dependence on this contaminated water source, families were suffering from malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration. The LWI Rwanda team was pleased to learn of the community’s use of a covered pit latrine, as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team by providing security over the water project during the night. Most community members sustain their families by farming and the nearest school is located four kilometers away from the community. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Alex Bimana, 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 sixty-four year old community member and farmer, Evarest Muhoza, who stated, “The old water source was far for us, but the new water source is right within the village and has very clean water. Thank you.”

LWI Rwanda team member, Melchizedek Keoye, shared hygiene education with thirty community members, in Gakiri. During the hygiene education, Melchizedek addressed: Disease transmission, germs, hand washing, proper water saving techniques, healthy and unhealthy communities, tippy tap and simple hand washing devise, good and bad hygiene behavior, clean hands and clean hearts and dental hygiene.

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Recent Project Updates

09/21/2011: Gakiri Community Well Completed

A new well has been completed for the Gakiri Community in Rwanda.  We have posted pictures, GPS and a brief report about this project.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Gakiri Eastern Province
ProjectID: 3010
Install Date:  09/21/2011

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/20/2016
Well Depth:  150.00M

Visit History:
10/31/2014 — Functional
03/31/2015 — Functional
05/19/2015 — Functional
08/18/2015 — Functional
12/20/2016 — Functional


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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.