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The Water Project: Gataka Community -
The Water Project: Gataka Community -
The Water Project: Gataka Community -
The Water Project: Gataka Community -
The Water Project: Gataka Community -
The Water Project: Gataka Community -
The Water Project: Gataka Community -
The Water Project: Gataka Community -

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: Dec 2012

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Community Profile

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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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.