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The Water Project: Gisagara Community -
The Water Project: Gisagara Community -
The Water Project: Gisagara Community -
The Water Project: Gisagara Community -
The Water Project: Gisagara Community -
The Water Project: Gisagara Community -
The Water Project: Gisagara Community -
The Water Project: Gisagara Community -

Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Dec 2012

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Community Profile

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

Living Water International Rwanda’s Sustainability Coordinator worked together with the Engineer from the cell to select this site. They picked the site because the community was using water from the swamps. Not only was the water dirty, but it was far away. We wanted to provide a clean and easily accessible water source for this community. The person in charge of this community is the cells leader of the village. LWI personnel and people of the community discussed how the well will be managed. They decided that the chairman, secretary and treasurer will take leadership in taking care of the well. The community signed the MOU in order to show that they will fulfill what they have agreed to in discussion. The community would like to commit to upgrading the pump to an electric pump. Unfortunately, there is not enough power nearby, so it isn’t possible to upgrade the pump to an electric pump. The Sustainability Coordinator met the community to discuss how the well will be managed. They put the community leaders in charge of the well. They will be able to take care of the well, and they will work to contribute the security money needed to repair the well or other parts when it is broken. There has been such a difference in the community since the well has been drilled. People are so happy for the clean water. Before, they had dirty water which was causing diseases and difficulties in walking far. They thank God and the people that provided clean water for them. They are completely grateful.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with fifty-two year old community member and farmer, Marthe Nyirahabimana, who stated, “The new water is clean and now we are getting it easily close by. The old water doesn’t even compare with this 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.

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Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


Barbara Belle Ash Dougan Foundation