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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.20
Longitude 29.79

500 Served

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 Thank you for this water. I have no words to express. The previous water sources were a swamp and a spring, but the water quality from those sources was very poor.

Bonifilida M - Farmer

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Stories and Community Profile

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

The site was picked one week prior to drilling. Ruhango District Engineer, LWI staff, and village leaders participated in the selection process. The site was selected to help the community access clean water because they have had no reliable safe water source. The local leaders played a major role in the success of this project. The LWI’s Sustainability Coordinator, together with District Engineer and local leadership encouraged the community to contribute towards the completion of this project. They have discussed how the community can make a contribution to prepare the road to access the selected site. The local leader (cell executive secretary) released a plot of land for the well location. After much discussion, the local leaders mobilized the community to prepare the road and make it possible for the drilling machine to reach the site. LWI staff has provided orientation for the community on how to establish a water user committee for better management of the well. The community members are willing to establish a water user committee. The community has not signed an MoU to upgrade this well into submersible pump, because the community has no electricity yet. At the end of the training, the village leader greatly appreciated Living Water interventions that enabled the community to access clean water. The community was appreciated as well for effective participation to make the road and give access to the pump.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with sixty-one year old community member and farmer Bonifilida Mukandutiye, who stated, “Thank you for this water. I have no words to express. The previous water sources were a swamp and a spring, but the water quality from those sources was very poor. The water from those sources becomes salty in rainy season and it has a horrible 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

12/20/2012: Buhoro Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the community of Buhoro, 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:  Buhoro, Southern Ruhango, Buhoro, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3058
Install Date:  12/20/2012

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 12/02/2016
Well Depth:  131.00M

Visit History:
05/29/2014 — Functional
02/20/2015 — Functional
06/15/2015 — Functional
09/18/2015 — Functional
11/23/2016 — Functional
12/02/2016 — Functional


140 individual donors
Missouri District Church of the Nazarene
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Sons of Jacob Synagogue
Hidenwood Presbyterian Church
Nashville United Methodist Church
Faculty Student Association of Sullivan County Community College
Brown International Academy
Kenneth and Beth Koornneef
Okaloosa County Alumnae Chapter
Granbury First United Methodist Church
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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.