Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 254 Served

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

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Community Profile

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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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Project Photos

Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.