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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.32
Longitude 30.76

500 Served

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Stories and 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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Recent Project Updates

06/06/2012: Clean Water For The Village Of Karembo

We are excited to report that a new well has been completed in the village of Karembo, Rwanda.  We  have just posted a report from the field including pictures and GPS coordinates

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Karembo, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3027
Install Date:  06/05/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/20/2016
Well Depth:  131.00M

Visit History:
09/11/2014 — Functional
09/11/2014 — Functional
04/17/2015 — Functional
07/20/2015 — Functional
11/25/2015 — Functional
12/20/2016 — 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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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.