Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 297 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Aug 2012

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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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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! Learn more here!


43 individual donors
RBC Dominion Securities - Business Development Team
Omega Phi Alpha Alpha Eta Chapter
Wawanesa Collegiate Student Council
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