Gisagara Community

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.24
Longitude 29.69

500 Served

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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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12/11/2012: Gisagara Community Project Complete!

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

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Southern, Ruhango, Bweramana, Gisagara Community, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3046
Install Date:  12/11/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/11/2016
Well Depth:  197.00M

Visit History:
02/13/2014 — Functional
02/20/2015 — Functional
03/10/2015 — Functional
07/15/2015 — Functional
10/22/2015 — Functional
12/11/2016 — Functional


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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.