Kiziguru Secondary School Well

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Latitude -1.76
Longitude 30.38

350 Served

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The well site at Akabingu (Kiziguru Secondary School) was chosen to receive a well in a collaborative effort between our sustainability coordinator, Arthur Kaneza, and the mayor of of Gatsibo District, Ambrose Rubonera. The mayor highlighted Kiziguru Secondary School in Akabingu as a high priority for water and so LWI approached the school administrators with the possibility of a well. The school was overjoyed. The school had to hire a truck to fetch water every day at great expense, and they were forced to charge the students extra on their school fees for this service. We were also told that students and other members of the community were often afflicted with worms and dysentery as a result of drinking the water from the protected spring 2km away. These sicknesses are most prevalent during the rainy seasons (September to May) as surface water (from rain) often contaminates springs.

Another reason this site was chosen is that, being on school property, there is a governance structure already in place to care for the well. The school has now built care for this well into their budget and is hoping to upgrade this well to an electric submersible pump when the funding becomes available. That funding will come not just from the school but from the local community and local government as well, who will also benefit from the increased capacity of an electric pump. It is always good to see communities take a financial interest in the delivery of their water supply.

In the meantime, this hand pump will provide approximately 350 jerry cans of water each day, effectively serving about 350 people by providing about 7,000 liters of water per day.

This pump has been inducted into our operations and maintenance program which will visit the pump quarterly, making any necessary repairs, doing follow-up health and hygiene training and follow-up evangelism. Our sustainability coordinator will also be following up with the water committee at the school to ensure that this pump is well cared for.

The hygiene training provided to the students is in tandem with the health curriculum being taught in the secondary schools in Rwanda on proper health, hygiene, and sanitation. Our training complements this curriculum and serves to reinforce what the students are learning in school.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with forty-seven year old community member and teacher, Celestin Rwigamba, who stated, “The old water source had dirty water and the new source has clean water. Our students will be healthier now and able to attend classes regularly. Thank you God!”

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Recent Project Updates

10/13/2011: Kiziguru Secondary School Well Well Completed

A new well has been completed for the Kiziguru Secondary School 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, Kiziguro, Akabingu, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3016
Install Date:  10/13/2011

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

Visit History:
12/04/2013 — Functional
02/20/2015 — Functional
08/27/2015 — 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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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.