Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 500 Served

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

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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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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!


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