Karangazi Community Well

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -1.38
Longitude 30.48

500 Served

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We have been trekking to Akagera National Park, which is 10 kilometers away, to gather dirty water. Now we have a water source right here in our village! Thank you God!

Deo B. - Farmer

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Stories and Community Profile

The people of Kigazi have been desperate for water. Their nearest source is 10 kilometers away from their community and is little more than a ground-water-fed mud puddle. The vice mayor of social affairs for Nyagatare district, Charlotte Musabyimana, asked LWI Rwanda if we could help. Upon visiting the community, the team decided it was immediately necessary. The Kigazi well has a water committee consisting of a church representative, the village chief, and a village layman. The water committee has opened a bank account which will be used to fund repairs in the future, ensuring the sustainability and financial ownership of the project. Living Water International has also enlisted this well in its operation and maintenance program which will make quarterly visits to the site to ensure the pump remains operable and to do follow up health and hygiene training with the community along with telling Bible stories, praying with the community, and strengthening ties with the local church. When the team arrived, community members were suffering from malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. Most community members sustain their families by raising livestock; mostly cattle. The nearest school is located five kilometers away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the
water project whenever possible.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-seven year old community member and farmer, Deo Biziyaremie, who stated, “We have been trekking to Akagera National Park, which is 10 kilometers away, to gather dirty water. Now we have a water source right here in our village! Thank you God!”

LWI Rwanda team member, Melchizedek Keoye, taught health and hygiene principles to 60 people in the village of Kigazi. During the hygiene education, the team addressed: Disease transmission, germs, hand washing, proper water saving methods, causes of diarrhea, Oral Rehydration Solution, how to take proper care of the pump, how to keep the water clean, community mapping and identifying good and bad hygiene behavior, disease transmission stories, clean hands and clean hearts and dental hygiene.

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Recent Project Updates

11/03/2011: Karangazi Well is Complete

A new well project has been completed for the community of Karangazi in Rwanda.  We have posted pictures, GPS coordinates and a report from our field implementer.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Nyagatare, Karangazi, Kamate, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3017
Install Date:  11/03/2011

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 10/27/2016
Well Depth:  240.00M

Visit History:
07/31/2014 — Functional
05/05/2015 — Functional
05/05/2015 — Functional
10/21/2015 — Functional
10/27/2016 — Functional


23 individual donors
In Honor of Hannah Kanfer
Union High School Key Club, Tulsa, OK
St. Paul Lutheran Church, IL
Heritage High School
Murrieta Valley High School - Philanthropy Challenge
Franklin Pierce High School ASB
Congregation Beth Sholom Chevra Shas Mitzvah Corps
New Hope Middle School
North Atlanta High School
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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.