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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.