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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.31
Longitude 30.56

298 Served

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

A LWI Rwanda team member commented, “The people of Gasarabwayi were having to walk three (3) kilometers to a swamp for their water. The water they would get would often make them sick and they would spend hours each day collecting it.” Families were suffering from cholera, 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. Most community members earn a living by farming and selling what excess produce they have at nearby markets. The nearest school is located 2.5 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, Sebazunga Agustine, 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 forty-three year old community member and farmer, Alphonse Rusumana, who stated, “The old water was from the swamp but now the water is clean compared to the previous one because it’s underground water.”

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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Recent Project Updates

08/20/2012: Gasarabwayi Village Well Complete

We are excited to report that the village of Gasarabwayi, Rwanda, has a new well providing safe, clean water.  We have 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:  Gasarabwayi, Eastern, Kirehe, Gahara, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3034
Install Date:  08/20/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/30/2016
Well Depth:  113.00M

Visit History:
09/10/2014 — Functional
09/10/2014 — Functional
04/29/2015 — Functional
08/11/2015 — Functional
11/30/2016 — Functional


106 individual donors
Carrie Schwickardt
Gene East Family
Students at Rodgers Middle School
Lebanon Valley College
Dr. Spearman's Advisee Group
Union Hill Church
George Mason University MSOM 301 group project
HSC Water Project
Evangelical UCC Sunday School
United Way Capital Area
Vergennes Union High School
Southern Hill Baptist
GVSU Lib 100 Group
West End Middle School
Marianopolis College
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
Eugene and Marilyn Family Foundation
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.
Margaret Jervis 65th Birthday
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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.