Kinama Community

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.24
Longitude 29.80

500 Served

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

This site was picked by the LWI staff together with the local leader. Both parties picked the site because their current water was coming from distant swamps. The local leader consulted with the chief of the village, who is also the one in charge of this site. This site location was visited one week in advance before the drilling team arrived. WI staff discussed the way to protect the well and to form the committee that will take care of it and to collect the money to be used for the repairs once it breaks or any other issue. The community did not sign the MOU due to not having access to power. The sustainability coordinator visited the village and agreed with the community to form the management in order to pay money to fix future breakdowns, should they occur.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with forty-one year old community member and motorbike owner, Venuste Mukama, who stated, “When you compare the new water with the old one, it’s totally different because people used to share water with the cow which is even dirty not clean and far.”

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

10/24/2013: Kinama Well Repaired

Just like in any other business, the work of bringing clean water is never perfect.  Challenges from bad weather, to interpersonal relationships, to hardware failures have a way of popping up when it is least convenient.  Our goal is to rise to meet those challenges as much as is possible.  A recent example is a broken well that you helped fund just last year.  Our partner in the field was able to respond quickly and get this well back in working order, providing safe, clean water for the community.  Below is a report directly from them, and we’ve included a few new pictures of the well and the repair.  Challenge met, Potential Unlocked.

Before the initial borehole was drilled, the community was dependent on an unprotected spring located 1.5 kilometers away from the community. Because of this, families were subject to malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration. The Living Water Rwanda team drilled a borehole in the community, providing access to a safe water source and immediately impacting the livelihoods of 760 people. During the course of this year, the borehole became damage and in need of repair. The Living Water Rwanda team successfully completed a Capitol Maintenance Repair, restoring access to safe water in the community. During this time, the Living Water Rwandan staff discussed, with the community, ways to better protect the well and helped the community form a water committee. This committee will take care of the well and collect monthly well maintenance fees to be used for repairs. The sustainability coordinator visited the village and agreed with the community to form a managing body in order to collect a monthly well maintenance fee for repairs necessary, should they occur. The community appointed local farmer, Nyirahabimana Francine, to lead the managing body on behalf of the community.

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12/03/2012: Kinama Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the Kinama Community project in Rwanda is complete!  A new well is supplying safe, clean water for the community.  We just posted a report from the field including GPS coordinates and pictures from 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, Kinama Community, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3042
Install Date:  12/03/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/22/2016
Well Depth:  197.00M

Visit History:
02/04/2015 — Functional
02/04/2015 — Functional
06/25/2015 — Functional
09/18/2015 — Functional
11/22/2016 — 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.