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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!"