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The community had no reliable water source in this village. A community member said, "The women in this village travel long distances to fetch unclean water from the swamp. She continued saying. Our children frequently got sick because of poor water. I really thank God for this water and we appreciate the water well that is provided." When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a protected spring to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from 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. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. Most community members are Catholic and earn a living by farming. The nearest school is located half 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 fifty-three year old community member and farmer, Theoneste Hakizimana, who stated, "The old water source was a burden to us because it was causing sickness to the people. The current water source is really good and clean and you have seen how people are happy to fetch it."
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.