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The site was picked 7 days prior to drilling and Ruhango District Engineer, LWI staff, and village leaders participated in the selection process. The community and their leaders have prioritized this site to help the community to access clean water. The community leaders together with sustainability coordinator have discussed on management of water well and establishment of water user committee. The committee will help in tariff collection and managing well repairs and other well related issues. The community managed to issue a plot of land where to install the new water well. The community is committed to establish a water management committee as soon as possible. The community has not signed a Memorandum of Understanding to upgrade the well into submersible one because they don’t have electricity yet. At the end of the session, the local leaders and community appreciated Living Water’s interventions that enabled the community to access clean water. Edison Ntakirutimana- one of the community members gave a speech: Edison has described the water challenges that they have been facing for a long time. He said that majority of the community used to fetch water from a small unprotected spring but they faced a major problem during rainy season because water became salty and no one can drink it. He closed his speech by a word of thanking their local leaders and Living water that managed to provide a water well.
The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-six year old community member and farmer, Edison Ntakirutimana, who stated, "The old water source gets salty in rainy season and people could not drink it. The new water well is good, it has clean water and is located closer to the community."
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.