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The Water Project: Rugando Village -
The Water Project: Rugando Village -
The Water Project: Rugando Village -
The Water Project: Rugando Village -
The Water Project: Rugando Village -
The Water Project: Rugando Village -
The Water Project: Rugando Village -
The Water Project: Rugando Village -

Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Jun 2012

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Community Profile

Upon completion of the project our implementing partner reported…

An elderly woman states “We were in bad need of water and now our prayers have been answered. I can’t believe I have a clean water source in a walkable distance.” When the LWI Rwanda team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected spring located two kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this the families were left suffering from malaria, respiratory, diarrhea and other preventable water related illnesses. The LWI Rwanda team was pleased to hear the community utilizing a covered latrine pit which will help to prevent further spread of diseases in the area. Most of the community members earn a living by farming to help provide for their families. During the team’s stay, a committee was formed consisting of two men and two women who assisted the team with the water project and provided any available materials. The nearest school is located four kilometers away from the community and now students, teachers, and administrative personnel all have access to safe, clean water. LWI also provided community member, Sylvain Mutabaruka, with a LWI Rwanda number in case the well was to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The LWI Rwanda team had the opportunity to meet with forty-five year old farmer, Isodore Twahirwa, who stated, “Having clean water will reduce the worms incidents in this area. Usually if someone asked for drinking water, we would become ashamed and be forced to say we don’t have water, as it is usually dirty.”

During the hygiene education, the LWI Peru team addresses: Hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons are taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices, and implement community driven solutions.

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Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


1 individual donors
Marcia and Philip Rothblum Foundation Inc.
Deshanie's Mission for Clean Water