Burenge Village

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.40
Longitude 30.09

500 Served

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Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports…

When the LWI Rwanda team arrived, community members were utilizing a river located three kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. The LWI Rwanda team was pleased to learn of the community’s use of a covered pit latrine as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and provided any materials they had available. Most community members earn a living by farming and selling what excess produce they have at nearby markets. The nearest school is located six kilometers away from the community. Before leaving the area, the team provided a community leader with a LWI Rwanda contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with seventy-six year old community member and farmer, Madeleine Musabende, who stated, “I now have water in my backyard. It will be easy for me to get clean water without walking a long distance.”

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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07/18/2012: Water Flowing in Burenge, Rwanda

We are excited to report that the village of Burenge, Rwanda, has a new source of clean water!  We have just posted a report from the field with GPS coordinates and pictures

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Eatern Bugesera, Kamabuye, Burenge, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3029
Install Date:  07/18/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/19/2016
Well Depth:  197.00M

Visit History:
03/31/2015 — Functional
04/16/2015 — Functional
07/23/2015 — Functional
11/20/2015 — Functional
12/19/2016 — 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.