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...

A community member stated "We were used to drinking dirty water for years. It was our habit. Praise God that we are leaving our old habit behind!" When the LWI Rwanda team arrived, community members were utilizing other methods to gather water about two-tenths of a kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this families were left suffering from malaria, diarrhea and other preventable water related illnesses. The LWI Rwanda team was pleased to hear that the community members were utilizing covered latrine pits which will help to prevent further spread of disease in the area. During the team's stay, a water committee consisting of two men and two women assisted the team and provided any available materials. Most of the community members earn a living by farming to provide for their families. The nearest school is located two kilometers away from the community and now students, teachers, and administrative personnel all have access to safe, clean water. Before leaving the community, LWI Rwanda provided community member Sylvain Mutabaruka, with a LWI contact number in case the well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The LWI Rwanda team had the opportunity to meet with forty-twp year old farmer, Calixte Bagiravube, who stated, "We don't expect contamination from runoff as we usually did with the old water source, which was liable to have runoff contamination."

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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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute!


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