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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.16
Longitude 29.79

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 LWI staff with district Engineer and local leader. They picked the site because of high needs of water in that village. The local leader was consulted along with the cell leaders in that village. The leader in that village is the one in charge of the community under the control of cell’s leader. It was visited three days before the drilling team arrived to start the process of drilling. The sustainability coordinator of LWI visited the site. Many issues were discussed in order for the well to be maintained by the community after installation of the pump. The community agreed to sign an MOU. However, the community did not sign, because that village doesn’t have any electricity. Because of this, they will not upgrade the pump into an electrical pump. The sustainability coordinator has a plan to work together with the community to put a committee in place to take care of the well and to contribute money in the event that any repairs must be made to the well. It was a beautiful story of how God provides water where there has been no clean water source prior to LWI. When the team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected spring located one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from typhoid and malaria. 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. Most community members are Catholic and earn a living by farming. The nearest school is located 1.5 kilometers away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel al have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community, the team provided a community leader and farmer with a LWI Rwanda contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-eight year old community member and farmer, Sekondine Mukandekezi, who stated, “The old water was a challenge for our community. Thanks to LWI, we now have clean water source and can improve our hygiene.”

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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Recent Project Updates

12/19/2012: Bugarura Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the community of Bugarura, Rwanda has a new source of safe, clean water.  We just posted a report from the field including GPS coordinates, pictuers, and information about the community.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Bugarura, Southern Ruhango, Bwimana, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3054
Install Date:  12/19/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 10/28/2016
Well Depth:  180.00M

Visit History:
08/16/2014 — Functional
02/19/2015 — Functional
06/16/2015 — Functional
09/16/2015 — Functional
10/28/2016 — 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.