Nyabikiri Community Well

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -1.59
Longitude 30.43

500 Served

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Our implementing partner reports…

The water situation in Nyabikiri has been desperate. Mayor Ambrose Rubonera asked us to please help this community because it has absolutely no water. The people of Nyabikiri used to fight with their neighboring village over water because they had to go to that village to collect it. Their neighbors charged them 200RWF (33c) per jerry can for water which is 10 times the normal rate. Those who could not afford such outrageous fees would try to find water at dams like the one pictured for the previous water source. This water is incredibly contaminated and made the people very sick, even when they boiled it. This was especially problematic because this village is very far from the nearest hospital.

This site has a water committee with three people: the village chief, a church representative, and a villager. The water committee has opened a bank account which they hope to use to fund repairs to ensure the long term sustainability of their well. The water committee plans to charge 10RWF (.016c) per jerry can to fund the account. The bank account is encouraged by LWI as a way of ensuring that the communities take ownership of the well and do not grow dependent on LWI or other foreign NGOs for the sustainability of the water delivery. LWI is committed, however, to overseeing the sustainability of this project, having enrolled it into our operations and maintenance program which will visit the site quarterly, make necessary repairs, do preventive maintenance, teaching follow-up health and hygiene, and also performing follow-up disciple-making by way of Bible story telling.

Our sustainability coordinator will also be visiting this site periodically to check on the water committee, assess impact of the water point and hygiene trainings and to strengthen our ties with the local church by meeting with, praying with, and encouraging local pastors and believers.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with forty-nine year old community member and farmer, Charlie Nabanganyingo, who stated, “The old water source was a swamp with dirty water. This new source is right within the
village with very clean water.”

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Recent Project Updates

10/13/2011: Nyabikiri Community Well Completed

A new well has been completed for the Nyabikiri 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, Kabarore, Nyabikiri
ProjectID: 3015
Install Date:  10/13/2011

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 10/07/2016
Well Depth:  120.00M

Visit History:
12/04/2013 — Needs Repair
03/05/2015 — Functional
08/11/2015 — Functional
10/07/2016 — Functional


57 individual donors
Jones Middle School - 7th Grade Science
Immaculate Conception JH Youth Ministry
Tzu Chi Buddhiste Foundation
MAD Homebrew
Calvin Christian Middle School
St. Paul's Sunday School
St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Independent School District 280
Carlos E. Haile Middle School
St. George Church
Bible Fellowship Assembly

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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.