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The Water Project: Biharagu -
The Water Project: Biharagu -
The Water Project: Biharagu -
The Water Project: Biharagu -
The Water Project: Biharagu -
The Water Project: Biharagu -
The Water Project: Biharagu -

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 320 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Jul 2012

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

Last Checkup: 12/05/2016

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Community Profile

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

When the LWI Rwanda team arrived, community members were dependent on a water catchment system located three kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from malaria. 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 or by teaching at the nearby school. Before leaving the community, the team provided a local farmer 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 twenty-nine year old community member and farmer, Sandline Habimana, who stated, “We have been using water affected by washouts and runoff but now this source won’t be facing that challenge.”

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.

Project Updates


07/18/2012: A New Well, New Possibilities

We are excited to report that the village of Biharagu, Rwanda, now has access to safe, clean water.  We have just posted a report from the field including GPS coordinates and pictures


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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.