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.