Gataka II

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.23
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, and village leaders participated in the selection process. This site was mainly selected because the community had a burden in water scarcity. Getting water in this community was very expensive and the community members needed to travel long distances to get water. At the community level, Living Water staff in charge of sustainability together with District Engineer, discussed with local leaders and community members on water management challenges and establishment of water user committee. The local leaders gave the land where the water well was installed. At the end of the training, the local leaders and community members appreciated Living Water interventions that enabled the community to access clean water. Valens Ntampaka- one of the community members gave a speech: He demonstrated that the village was suffering much in terms of water scarcity. We used to pay 200 francs for one jerrican of 20 liters of water- he said. This is ten times more expensive than other places including Kigali city and it takes too much time to get water – he continued saying. Valens has called the community to take care of this water well and he ended up by thanking Living Water for the water provided.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with forty-six year old community member and farmer, Valens Ntampaka, who stated, “The old water source was a small spring – we used to spend a lot of time to get water. The new water well is placed near homes and it will save our time to fetch water.”

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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01/02/2013: Gataka II Project Complete

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

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Gataka II, South Ruhango, Nyamagana, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3060
Install Date:  01/02/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/10/2016
Well Depth:  131.00M

Visit History:
06/26/2014 — Functional
06/26/2014 — Functional
09/15/2015 — Functional
11/10/2016 — Functional


61 individual donors
Sun Valley Middle
Summer Walters
United Technologies
Duck Creek Community Church
Mukwonago Area School District
Day1 Corporation
Sahai Family Charitable Foundation
Rutgers Presbyterian Church
New Hope Baptist Church Inc.
The Hershey Company
Christ United Methodist Church - Plano

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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.