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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.24
Longitude 29.81

280 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

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

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.

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Recent Project Updates

01/02/2013: Wimana Project Complete

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

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Nyamirama, Southern Ruhango, Ntongwe, Nyagisozi, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3061
Install Date:  01/02/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 10/25/2016
Well Depth:  98.00M

Visit History:
06/26/2014 — Functional
06/26/2014 — Functional
04/15/2015 — Functional
08/04/2015 — Functional
10/25/2016 — Functional


105 individual donors
Christian Action Council
Texas Orthopedics Business Office in honor of Twyla Fuertes
Girls Scout Troop 1091
Naselle High School
The Leon Nevada Trust
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ICON General Contractors, Inc
In memory of Shirley Ross
Katie's Birthday
Trinity Lutheran Church & School
Saint Paul United Church of Christ
James Little's Birthday

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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.