Nyabisindu Community Well

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Latitude -1.83
Longitude 30.36

500 Served

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We were sick from the swamps we had to get our water from. It was far as well. This water is beautiful and clear. Thank you!

Emmanuel N.

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The site of Nyabisindu was selected by Mayor Ambrose Rubonera who told us that this village is too large to be sustained by the water sources they have there. On top of that, the water sources at Nyabisindu were all surface water and were contaminated, often making the people sick. The village chief told us that until now, they have not had any water they can drink. He said that they could clean and cook with it, but none that they could just drink. We were also told that because the former water source was a swamp, the incidence of malaria was high.

Nyabisindu does not yet have a water committee for this well but the chief of the village and local government leaders (the executive of the cell and sector chief) have told us they will take the responsibility of caring for the well while a committee is formed and a bank account opened. The bank account will be used to fund repairs on their well, should it fall into disrepair at a later date. This bank account is more to ensure community ownership of the well, at this point, as LWI has also committed to its long-term sustainability, enrolling it in our operations and maintenance (O&M) program which will ensure that the site is visited quarterly, that needed repairs or maintenance is performed, that follow-up health and hygiene is taught, and that there is follow-up disciple-making through story telling.

Our sustainability coordinator will be checking up on this site as well, to ensure that the committee has been formed, that the account has been opened, and that the community is properly caring for the pump. He will also be assessing the impact of our health and hygiene training in the communities, looking for manifestations of good hygiene practices.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-two year old community member and farmer, Emmanuel Ndamache, who stated, “We were sick from the swamps we had to get our water from. It was far as well. This water is beautiful and clear. Thank you! Thank God!”

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Recent Project Updates

10/13/2011: Nyabisindu Community Well is Complete

A new well has been completed for the Nyabisindu Community in Rwanda.  We have posted pictures, a report from the field and map coordinates.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Gatsibo, Kiramuruzi, Nyabisindu, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3014
Install Date:  10/13/2011

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 10/07/2016
Well Depth:  90.00M

Visit History:
02/13/2014 — Functional
02/15/2015 — Functional
02/20/2015 — Functional
08/12/2015 — Functional
10/07/2016 — 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.