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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.17
Longitude 29.79

500 Served

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

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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Recent Project Updates

12/19/2012: Kamurenzi Project Complete!

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

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kamurenzi, Southern Ruhango, Byimana, Ntenyo, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3056
Install Date:  12/19/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 10/25/2016
Well Depth:  230.00M

Visit History:
01/22/2015 — Functional
01/22/2015 — Functional
06/15/2015 — Functional
09/16/2015 — Functional
10/25/2016 — Functional


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
San Damiano Daily Giving Community
Graduate Management Admission Council
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

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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.