Ruhuha Community Well

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -1.55
Longitude 30.35

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

Our implementing partner reports from the field…

The people of Ruhuha have had to travel long distances to find water which often makes them sick. Their recovered time and health will be incredibly beneficial to their lives. When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a river located three kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of the community’s dependence on this contaminated water source, families were suffering from malaria. 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. Most community members sustain their families by farming and during the team’s stay, these farmers stopped their work and assisted the LWI Rwanda team with the water project. The nearest school is located two kilometers 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, John Nyabudali, 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-two year old community member and cattle herder, Thomas Ruchera, who stated, “The old water source was over 7 kilometers away, but the new water source is right here in our village! Thank you.”

LWI Rwanda team member, Melchizedek Keoye, taught health and hygiene to 70 villagers in Ruhuha. During the hygiene education, they were quite involved during this training and it was a great success. Melchizedek addressed: Disease transmission, germs, hand washing, proper water saving techniques, how to take proper care of the pump, how to keep the water clean, good and bad hygiene behaviors, disease transmission stories, clean hands and clean hearts and dental hygiene.

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Recent Project Updates

09/21/2011: Ruhuha Community Well Completed

A new well has been completed for the Ruhuha 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:  Gatsibo, Kabarore, Ruhuha
ProjectID: 3011
Install Date:  09/21/2011

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

Visit History:
12/04/2014 — Needs Repair
03/02/2015 — Functional
08/11/2015 — Functional
10/07/2016 — Functional


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WIU Athletic Training Student Association
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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.