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The Water Project: Karambo II Water Project -
The Water Project: Karambo II Water Project -
The Water Project: Karambo II Water Project -
The Water Project: Karambo II Water Project -
The Water Project: Karambo II Water Project -
The Water Project: Karambo II Water Project -
The Water Project: Karambo II Water Project -
The Water Project: Karambo II Water Project -
The Water Project: Karambo II Water Project -
The Water Project: Karambo II Water Project -

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Oct 2012

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

Last Checkup: 11/09/2016

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Community Profile

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

The site was picked by the Executive Secretary of Murama cell together with Living Water staff (Philip) and the District Engineer. The site was picked because the community has no other alternative water source. The local leadership consulted has demonstrated that the lack of water in this area was a burden to the population for many years. Because of this, families were suffering from malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. The LWI Rwanda team was pleased to learn of the community’s use of a covered pit latrine as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. The visiting team has discussed the Well management and sustainability plan including: releasing a plot of land, tariff collection, and establishment of water management committee. The community has signed a MoU with LWI. They will not be able to upgrade this well at this time because they have no electricity in the area. Most community members earn a living by farming and selling what excess produce they have at nearby markets. The nearest school is located one kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Now, the College Adventiste de Gitwe has a both a school (College Adventise de Gitwe) and a clinic (Karambo II). The LWI Rwanda team drilled two boreholes to serve both. The reason why Rusororo is close to the College, but not shared, is because it’s inside their college compound. They plan to upgrade this hand pump to a submersible electric pump later which will serve the compound only. Hence, not including the nearby village and school in Rusororo.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with forty-seven year old community member and farmer, Noel Ndabizi, who stated, “The people are very happy to get clean water, it’s different from the old one it was dirty and has worms, so thank be the project that managed to help us.”

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.

A LWI Rwanda team member commented, “The community was happy with the oral history sharing of the Samaritan woman. Most of them were Christians and they thank God for his abundant love to get water.”

Project Updates


10/30/2012: Karambo II Project Complete

We are excited to report that the Karambo II water project in Rwanda is complete and providing safe, clean water to the people of the village.  We just posted a report from the field including pictures and GPS coorinates


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Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.