Wells for Rwanda
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Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports…
The site was picked on the 3rd August 2012 by the Headmaster together with Living Water International staff and District Engineer. The site was chosen because the school had the challenge of getting clean water. Because of the difficulty to get clean water, health is precarious, and education is affected. The community was using a protected spring located two kilometers from the community to sustain their water needs. The visiting team has discussed on the well management and the school is in the process of upgrading it into a submersible pump. The proposed electric pump is more reliable, sustainable, and isn’t prone to as many breakdowns. The school has signed an MOU, and they have budgeted for any repair that may happen. The college is so grateful to God for the gift of this well, and they are praising God for the people who provided it for them. Most community members work at the Sibomana Issa school or are of the 958 students. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. Before leaving the community, the team provided the school headmaster 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-seven year old community member and school janitor, Issa Sibomana, who stated “Here the comparison of the new and old water is different because the new one is permanent but before it was getting everywhere you get water, so this will help people having permanent one.”
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.
Project Type: Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location: Southern, Ruhango, Bweraman, College Adventists de Gitwel, Rwanda
Install Date: 12/11/2012
Water Point: Needs Repair
Last Visit: 02/23/2017
Well Depth: 262.00M
We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.
12/15/2014 — Needs Repair
03/25/2015 — Needs Repair
03/25/2015 — Needs Repair
02/23/2017 — Needs Repair
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.
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.