Karambo II Water Project

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.25
Longitude 29.69

500 Served

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Stories and 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.”

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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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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Southern Ruhango, Bweramana, Karambo II, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3052
Install Date:  10/30/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/09/2016
Well Depth:  98.00M

Visit History:
05/12/2014 — Functional
12/05/2014 — Functional
06/05/2015 — Functional
09/04/2015 — Functional
11/09/2016 — Functional

Country Details


Population: 10.2 million
Lacking clean water: 35%
Below poverty line: 60%

While 35 percent of Rwanda's population lacks access to an improved
water source, the country has numerous rivers and streams as well as
tremendous potential for developing groundwater resources. Villagers in
many areas are forced to walk several miles to the nearest source of
water—contaminated water from a swamp, stream, or open well. For these
desperate communities, Living Water International offers hope. Since
beginning operations in Rwanda in 2007, Living Water has completed more
than 195 water projects there.

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Partner Profile

Nearly 20 years ago, LWI set out to help the church in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. 600 million people in the world live on less than $2 a day. 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water.

In response to this need, LWI implements participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries.

LWI is a former partner of The Water Project.