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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.