Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports...
A community member stated, "Our village has got a chronicle challenge of water scarcity. I have continued saying the majority of the people here have been suffering from water shortage especially in dry season where we travel 4 kilometers to fetch water. Thank the Lord for water provided by Living Water International." When the team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected spring located half of a kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration. 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. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and helped install the pump. Most community members are Catholic or Protestant and earn a living by farming. The nearest school is located 1.7 kilometers away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community, the team provided the community leader with a LWI Rwanda contact number incase their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.
The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with sixty-three year old community member and farmer, Rosarie Mukarubuga, who stated, "The old water source was a protected spring with little water and it was placed far away from homes. The new water well has clean water and it is placed in short distance from households."
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.