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: Feb 2013

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Community Profile

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

 This site picked by LWI Sustainability Coordinator, the District Engineer, and the local leader in that village. It was picked because of lack of water in that area they used to get water from the swamps in addition to it being dirty so that's why we decided to pick the site. Here the local leader and the executive of the cell consulted in siting the well. The chief of the village together with the cell's leader in charge. The site was visited a week before the drilling team was to start. The Sustainability Coordinator of LWI visited the site and discussed about the committee to control the well and paying some money for the purpose of the security of the well. The importance of collecting a water fee for this hand pump was communicated to the community. Such importance exists for the funds to complete a repair, should the hand pump break at any point in the future.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with forty-two year old community member, Francine Mukashema, who stated, "The comparison between the old water and the new one is different the old water was from the swamps and used to be shared with the cows, so when you compare this is so great to have the new water which is clean."

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! Learn more here!


24 individual donors
John Hersey High School
Laura C. Shaw/Sappington Elementary School
The Boys and Girls Seneca Square Bakers Club
Univ. Central Florida; Professional Sewing Program
Smith Middle School
Leonard Elementary School
Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Mustard Seed Fund
Brennen Elementary
Bayside Intermediate National Jr. Honor Society
Pierce Student Council, Chicago
Pasadena High School
Sappington Elementary School