Espag II

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.24
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 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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Recent Project Updates

10/30/2012: Espag II Well Complete

We are excited to report that the Epsag II well is complete, serving a school in Rwanda.  We have just posted a report from the field including GPS coordinates and 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, Espag II, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3038
Install Date:  10/30/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 10/14/2016
Well Depth:  360.00M

Visit History:
01/21/2015 — Functional
01/21/2015 — Functional
06/02/2015 — Functional
09/21/2015 — Functional
10/14/2016 — Functional


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

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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.