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.