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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.24
Longitude 29.87

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

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

A community member stated, “The woman has continued saying that she used to take the children to the health center three times a month and the doctor always condemned her for poor hygiene because they suffered from worms and diarrhea. I now know that the cause was unsafe water from that swamp.” She ended by thanking the Lord for the new water point installed. When the team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected spring located 1.5 kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from cholera, 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 earn a living by farming and are of Catholic faith. The nearest school is located .2 of a kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-nine year old community member and farmer, Esperance Nyirabagesera, who stated, “We really appreciate this water well. The old water source was unsafe because majority of the community in this village used to get water from swamp.”

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: Rwintama Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the community of Rwintama, 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:  Rwintama, South Ruhango, Ntongwe, Nyarurama, Rwintama, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3057
Install Date:  12/19/2012

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

Visit History:
01/17/2015 — Functional
02/19/2015 — Functional
06/15/2015 — Functional
09/18/2015 — Functional
10/25/2016 — Functional


17 individual donors
MTRB, Inc.
Concordia College
PS 100 Glen Morris - Penny Harvest
First United Methodist Church
D&S Drainage Services (Aust) Pty Ltd

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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.