Bwerinka Village

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.33
Longitude 30.73

280 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

Upon completion of the project our implementing partner reported…

A community member told the team “This project is so wonderful to our community because we use to pay a lot of money to buy water, which was unclean. But now this water that is clean and cheap!” When the LWI Rwanda team arrived, community members were utilizing an open river located two kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this families were left suffering from cholera, typhoid, diarrhea and other preventable water related illnesses. The LWI Rwanda team was pleased to hear that the community utilizes covered latrine pits which will help to prevent further spread of diseases in the area. During the teams stay, a water committee was formed consisting of three men and three women who assisted the team with the water project. This water committee is also responsible for collecting a monthly well maintenance fee of one Rwandan Franc which is roughly $0.0004 US per household to help sustain the community’s water source. The cost per jerry at the well is ten times less than the price people were paying for the treated water that would still make them sick. In keeping with our Strategic Plan launched in January of 2011, LWI’s plan is to train communities to maintain water projects for sustainability. If communities slip back into a situation where they must rely on unimproved water sources, our donors’ investment is compromised. To help prevent this occurrence, Living Water International engages communities to help in planning, managing and monitoring of the rural water supply. The nearest school is located three kilometers away from the community and now students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to safe, clean water. Before leaving the community, the LWI Rwanda team provided a community member with a LWI contact number in case the well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft. In an effort to ensure project sustainability, LWI program staff is also responsible for visiting the well site annually.

The LWI Rwanda team had the opportunity to meet with thirty year old farmer, Damacent Nzeyimana, who stated, “This water is so clean when we compare it with our old water! It is also closer, as our old water source was very far from our community.”

During the hygiene education, the LWI Rwanda 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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Recent Project Updates

06/06/2012: A New Well Providing Clean Water For A Village In Rwanda

We are excited to report that a new well has been completed in Rwanda!  We have just posted a report from the field, photos and GPS coordinates

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Bwerinka, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3025
Install Date:  06/05/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/19/2016
Well Depth:  131.00M

Visit History:
09/10/2014 — Functional
09/10/2014 — Functional
04/11/2015 — Functional
08/04/2015 — Functional
12/19/2016 — Functional


10 individual donors
Thomas Family
Duck Creek Community Church
The Simons Family Foundation

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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.