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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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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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!