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The Water Project: Kanyete Community -
The Water Project: Kanyete Community -
The Water Project: Kanyete Community -
The Water Project: Kanyete Community -
The Water Project: Kanyete Community -
The Water Project: Kanyete Community -
The Water Project: Kanyete Community -
The Water Project: Kanyete Community -

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Dec 2012

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

Last Checkup: 11/10/2016

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Community Profile

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

LWI Rwanda’s Sustainability Coordinator with the District Engineer selected this site. They picked the site due to high needs of clean water in this community. The leader of the village is the one in charge of the well under the supervision of the cell. LWI personnel together with the community discussed how they should setup the water committee and manage the well by collecting money in the case of repairing this hand pump at some point later on. The area does not have electricity yet so the community did not make any commitments to upgrade the pump to submersible later on. The testimony of the well is how the people were thanking God due to clean water and the interview person talked about how the kids were getting sick caused by the dirty water and thankful to the people providing this clean water. Community members were suffering from malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of one man and two women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. Most community members sustain their families by farming or by teaching at the nearby school.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with forty-five year old community member and farmer, Francine Zanika, who stated, “The new water is very clean compared with the old one because people were getting diseases due to the bad water. Now this is helpful to the people in this village we are happy and many thanks to God and the people providing water for us.”

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 Updates


12/12/2012: Kanyete Community Project Complete!

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


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Project Photos


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.


The new water is very clean compared with the old one because people were getting diseases due to the bad water. Now this is helpful to the people in this village we are happy and many thanks to God and the people providing water for us.

Francine Z - Farmer