Kinama II

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.25
Longitude 29.80

500 Served

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"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."

Edison N - Farmer

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Stories and Community Profile

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

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.

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Recent Project Updates

01/02/2013: Kinama II Project Complete

We are excited to report that the village of Kinama 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 project.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kinama II, South Ruhango, Nyamagana, Kinama, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3062
Install Date:  01/02/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 09/05/2016
Well Depth:  328.00M

Visit History:
05/24/2014 — Functional
03/02/2015 — Functional
06/10/2015 — Functional
09/14/2015 — Functional
09/05/2016 — Functional


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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.