Tubindi Community

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -1.71
Longitude 30.40

350 Served

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“The old water was not clean when you look at the color it shows that it was dirty, but now the water is clean people are so happy for that.”

Samuel S - Farmer

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

The site of Tubindi was chosen by LWI’s sustainability coordinator and the engineer leader of the cell. They chose this location because there is no water source nearby and clean water is scarce. People were getting sick due to lack of clean water, so drilling a well was imperative. The community leaders and the engineer of the district consulted in siting the well together with LWI personnel. The chief of the community is the cell-leader’s go-to for the care and governance of this well. One of the first steps taken was to visit the proposed site. Before that step, though, the district master plan for water was considered.The sustainability coordinator from LWI visited the site and met the community to discuss the well with local leaders. He empowered the leaders by talking about well ownership and the care that will be necessary for maintaining this pump. They also discussed how to create a management structure to take care of the well and control the well. A chairman, secretary, and treasurer were appointed along with other community members to take care of the pump. This team also will arrange for repair when it has broken or deal with other issues in handling the well. A plan was prepared by the sustainability coordinator for how to manage the well and putting the community members in charge that will manage and ensure the security of the well. The community signed an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with LWI to fulfill the agreement between the two parties for the discussions made. The community wishes for an electric pump and would be willing to commit its own resources to upgrading this water point, but unfortunately the lack of electricity in this area will not allow for an upgrade at this time. The well has impacted their community forever, and the community is very grateful. Before, it was hard to get water. Even when they did manage to get water, it was not clean. Now the community has easy access to water, and it is clean water. The people in the community expressed that the are very happy and thank God for how He provided because they now have clean water and get it easily.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with forty-three year old community member and farmer, Samuel Simbavura, who stated, “The old water was not clean when you look at the color it shows that it was dirty, but now the water is clean people are so happy for that.”

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

12/11/2012: Tubindi Community Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the Tubindi Community in Rwanda has a new, safe source of water.  We just posted a report from the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.

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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:  Eastern, Gastisibo, Kiziguro, Tubindi Community, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3043
Install Date:  12/11/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/05/2016
Well Depth:  246.00M

Visit History:
12/04/2013 — Needs Repair
03/27/2015 — Functional
05/11/2015 — Functional
07/30/2015 — Functional
11/19/2015 — Functional
12/05/2016 — Functional


35 individual donors
grossmont college groups project
Tzu Chi Buddhiste Foundation
Girl Scout Troop 734
Wilton Troop 50390
Albright Family
Cherry Knoll Second Graders
Clarence 4H Club
Urban Franchise Systems
San Antonio Christian Schools
Silver Lake Regional High School
Al-Madinah School - (5th Grade Girls 2011) Brooklyn New York
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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.