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: Dec 2012

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Community Profile

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The site was picked one week prior to drilling and Ruhango District Engineer, LWI staff, Cell and village leaders participated in the selection process. The site was selected among many others because the community of this village had no improved water source. The local leaders involved have helped Living Water team in the entire process of this project implementation. The same leader mobilized the community to attend hygiene training sessions. LWI staff has provided orientation to the community on how they to establish water user committee for better management of the well. The community members are willing to establish water user committee. The community will not upgrade this well into submersible one because the community has no electricity yet. At the end of the training, one woman of the same village has given a speech. She has highlighted that the entire population of Kamurenzi village has a challenge to get clean water. We had no reliable water source in this village – she said. Our children travel long distance to fetch unclean water from swamp – she continued saying. Many times in the year, our kids get sickness due poor water. She has appreciated the water well and thanks God for giving them water.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with forty-eight year old community member and farmer, Boniface Tabaro, who stated, "This new well is good because water is clean water but in our previous water sources, water was unclean and had a bad smell."

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!


81 individual donors
The Beautiful Laura Bender of the Northern Water Tribe Group
St. John School
The Standard Giving Campaign
Amalgamated Transet Union Local 1573
Sneha Gift
Graduate Management Admission Council
San Damiano Daily Giving Community
Designer Jewelry Ltd Inc.
Cornerstone Christian School
First United Methodist Church-Early
Highland Church of Christ
EASTCONN/Donna Drasch
The Leon Nevada Trust
The Crossroad
Randolph High School