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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.28
Longitude 30.69

297 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

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

A LWI Rwanda team member commented, “The people of Rwamabare were suffering because of a lack of clean water. They were having to walk 3.5 kilometers to a muddy swamp to collect water that would often make them sick.” When the team arrived, families were suffering from typhoid and malaria. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. Most community members sustain their families by farming and a few teach at the nearby school. The school is located three kilometers away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Nkunzumwami Telesphore, 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 thirty-two year old community member and farmer, Venust Mutavuka, who stated, “We were getting water from the swamps so now we are happy to get clean water which is good compared to before.”

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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08/20/2012: Rwamabare Village Well Complete

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

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Rwamabare, Eastern Rwanda
ProjectID: 3033
Install Date:  08/20/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/21/2016
Well Depth:  213.00M

Visit History:
09/11/2014 — Functional
09/11/2014 — Functional
04/30/2015 — Functional
07/21/2015 — Functional
11/25/2015 — Functional
12/21/2016 — Functional


43 individual donors
RBC Dominion Securities - Business Development Team
Wawanesa Collegiate Student Council
Omega Phi Alpha Alpha Eta Chapter
Duck Creek Community Church
Team Imagination- Mason Intermediate School
In Memory of Malachi Ray
Clear Water Meditation Circle
Kern Schools
Crafts for a Cause
Hillside Community Baptist Church
Wells Fargo Bank
The Weaver family/J M Smith Foundation
Brentwood Youth Artist

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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.