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...

The Engineer of District and Living Water International Sustainability Coordinator together picked the site due to the reason of high needs of water in that village. Again the leaders of the cell were there .The leader of the village is the one in charge of the community under the supervision of the cell. This site was selected and community was involved one week prior to the drilling of this borehole. LWI Sustainability Coordinator discussed about how to set up the water committee. The community did not sign the MOU to agree in upgrading to a submersible electric pump. Sustainability made a plan to set up the water committee to manage the well and to start contributing the money for repairs. The story of the well was talking about how happy they are because of now having clean water compared to the old one, it was dirty and they used to get it from far which was a very big issue.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-eight year old community member and farmer, Jamira Uwamahoro, who stated, "Here to get water is easy by now because before was hard the place was far and when it’s during hot season it become dry."

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!


25 individual donors
GSNC Troop 2032
Fasel Family
Algonquin Regional High School
Gorham Middle School
Amherst Middle School
Pequannock Valley Middle School
Wynne High School
John Hersey High School
The Weaver family/J M Smith Foundation
Canfield Education Association