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LWI Sustainability Coordinator, District Engineer and the Headmaster of the school with 1,950 students picked this site. The site was chosen due to lack of water near the school. No local leader consulted the site because it is the site of a school, instead, the Headmaster was consulted before drilling began. The site was visited a week before the process of drilling. We discussed upgrading the hand pump to an electric pump so that can help the school get clean water near the school. The Headmaster of that school signed the MOU because they are willing to change the well from the hand pump to electric pump. The plan of sustainability is to make sure the pump is upgraded in January by continuing communications with them until it happens. It was hard for students to take time to go the long distance to get water, dirty water at that. In very dry times, the school would pay a lot of money to send the truck to go and get water for them. Now the school is happy and thankful to God and the people that have provided this water to them.
The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-eight year old community member and teacher, Patric Cyirenga, who stated, "For this well the new water is helpful and clean compared to the old water source, students were getting sick from that dirty water and from the swamps."
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.