Gataka Community

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.24
Longitude 29.79

500 Served

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

A LWI Rwanda team member commented, “The site picked by the LWI staff and the Headmaster of the school together with the District leader. It was picked to help the students not to suffer when they are at school. A staff at the school is in charge of this well and it is also controlled by the Headmaster of the school. The discussions agreed between two parties was to upgrade from hand pump to an electric pump and they agreed to do it in January 2013. For this site an MOU was signed to state the efforts in upgrading the pump from hand pump to electric pump in January.” During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of two men and one woman who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. Most community members are of the 860 students, teachers and faculty at the boarding school. Before leaving the community, the team provided a local security guard with a LWI Rwanda contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-two year old community member and teacher, Salaphine Umulisa, who stated, “This project helped the school to get the clean water as students were suffering to get good water. The old water was dirty and when used for washing uniforms would stain them. Now students and staff are very happy to get clean water.”

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

12/03/2012: Gataka Community Well Complete!

We are excited to report that the Gataka Community water project is complete.  A new well is supplying safe, clean water for the residents and students at the local school.  We just posted a report from the field including GPS coordinates and pictures of the 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, Gataka Community, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3040
Install Date:  12/03/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/12/2016
Well Depth:  148.00M

Visit History:
09/19/2014 — Functional
09/19/2014 — Functional
04/17/2015 — Functional
07/14/2015 — Functional
11/19/2015 — Functional
11/12/2016 — Functional

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.