Rusororo Community Well

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Latitude -2.25
Longitude 29.69

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

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

When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a water source located one kilometer away from the community that was unable to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration. Most community members earn a living by farming and selling their excess produce at nearby markets or by teaching at the nearby school. The community signed an MOU for the purpose of agreement between the community and Living Water, outlining the community’s responsibilities and ownership of the well. The plan for sustainability for this site is to talk to the community people and discuss how to handle the well by putting the management that will handle the issues that will meet, either broken or any other problem. Plus this well is to be visited by LWI’s operations and maintenance teams 3 to 4 times every year to ensure functionality. The testimony or story of the well is comparison of the new water and old one. People are very happy that they now have clean water which is reducing the diseases that they had because of the dirty water. A community member stated, “Many thanks to the people who managed to provide for us this clean water God bless you.” The site called Rusororo belongs to a secondary school, called “SM Secondary School”, which is located near the campus of “College Adventiste de Gitwe”. When Philip, our Sustainability Coordinator, went to scout the site the villagers told him the name of the village and he didn’t write down the name of the school (SMSS). Hence, the name “Rusororo”. They plan on upgrading this hand pump to a submersible electric pump.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with forty-four year old community member and farmer, Leonald Nsabimana, who stated, “The new water is clean compared to the old one. This water is good to the people; now we are so happy.”

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

10/30/2012: Rusororo Well Completed

We are excited to report that a new well has been completed for the community of Rusororo, Rwanda.  We just posted a report from the field including GPS coordinates and some pictures from the project site

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10/18/2012: A Brief Project Update

We are told by our partner that Project updates are on their way; we expect them in the next few weeks.  We’ll be sure to pass them along as soon as we can.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Southern Ruhango, Bweramana, Rusororo, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3037
Install Date:  10/30/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/09/2016
Well Depth:  246.00M

Visit History:
01/21/2015 — Needs Repair
06/25/2015 — Functional
09/22/2015 — Functional
12/21/2015 — Needs Attention
11/09/2016 — Functional


137 individual donors
Martina Vaughn
Billings Family
Team Tedford
Libby's Nieces
Patricia Moix
Girl Scout Troop 3042
Jennifer Silveira
The Bengt Baron Fund

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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.