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 LWI Rwanda team arrived, community members were utilizing a water source that was unable to maintain their water needs. The school had no alternative for water and are in the process of collecting funding for upgrading their well to an electric submersible pump that will be managed by the school. The LWI Rwanda team was pleased to learn of the community’s use of a covered pit latrine as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. Most community members earn a living by farming and selling what excess produce they have at nearby markets or by teaching at the nearby secondary school. The secondary school has 1,185 students who now all have access to clean, safe drinking water. Before leaving the community, the team provided the school head master with a LWI Rwanda contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft. One the projects implemented is for the school and the other is for the hospital, named "Institute de Gitwe". They have plans, like the rest, to upgrade these to submersible electric pumps with a gravity fed tank scheme. That means all 5 hand pumps have plans to be upgraded in the future to SEP's.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with forty-two year old community member and teacher, Berenika Niyoyita, who stated, "The new water is clean and good for the students but the old one was dirty and from the swamps, and here the Interview one and caretaker are the same person because its two boreholes in one place of school."

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!


36 individual donors
kCura Corporation
Jewish Communal Fund
Jade Industries Inc
St. Anthony Village High School
Notre Dame High School
Chestnut Ridge Middle School Fund
Michael Rittler
Chapel Hill Church of God
First Lutheran Church, ELCA
The Blanke Foundation
Harriett Chan's Fundraising Page