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.