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The Water Project: Espag II -
The Water Project: Espag II -
The Water Project: Espag II -
The Water Project: Espag II -
The Water Project: Espag II -
The Water Project: Espag II -
The Water Project: Espag II -
The Water Project: Espag II -

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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Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


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