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...

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.

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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute!


39 individual donors
A Simple Act
Sam's Christening
Nancy L. Stenger
Corydon Central Junior High School
The Szabo Family
The Starkweather Marlow family
Pioneer PTSA
South Kitsap School District/Junior Class
A Drop for Africa Senior Action Project
Warren Hills Regional High School
Beaver Dam Unified School District
Marblehead Veterans Middle School
St. George Church
East Side Church of God
Tony and friends
Well Conference/Heart Campaign
Rex and Sharon Heitz
Kara Crumpler's Senior Project

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