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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.34
Longitude 30.77

254 Served

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

A LWI Rwanda team member commented, “This project is helpful because during dry season, the people used to get water from the Akagera river where some of them were killed by crocodiles. Living Water International was directed to this site by the vice mayor in charge of social affairs in the district of Kirehe. The unprotected spring the people of Karehe were getting their water from was not reliable during the dry season, and would often get cloudy and contaminated during the rainy season.” Because of the community’s dependence on the unprotected spring, many were suffering from malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. 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 selling what excess produce they have at nearby markets. Others in the community teach at the school located three kilometers away from the community. Before leaving the area, the team provided community member, Ruhumuriza Danie, 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-seven year old community member and farmer, Winfred Mukambuguie, who stated, “Now the new water is clean and we are happy to get the clean water which is health for us compared to the previous one.”

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: Kahele Village, Rwanda

We are excited to report that the village of Kalehe, Rwanda, has a new source or safe, clean water.  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:  Eastern, Kirehe, Nyamugari, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3035
Install Date:  08/20/2012

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 12/05/2016
Well Depth:  115.00M

Visit History:
01/24/2014 — Functional
10/31/2014 — Functional
04/27/2015 — Functional
08/04/2015 — Functional
12/05/2016 — Functional

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.