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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.