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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.24
Longitude 29.83

500 Served

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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 prioritized this site to help the community to access clean water. The community leaders together with sustainability coordinator discussed on management of water well and establishment of water user committee. The committee would 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 did not sign 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. Moses Ntabanganyimana- one of the community members gave a speech: Moses said that the village has a big challenge of water shortage especially in dry season where the spring gets dry. He continued saying that only solution to get water in dry season is to fetch from swamp. Moses appreciated the new water well installed in their village and he ended by thanking Living Water for the clean water provided.

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with fifty-three year old community member and farmer, Moses Ntabanganyimana. The interviewee has explained that the old water source was offering a small quantity of water compared to the needs of the community. He highlighted that the old water source would dry up during the dry season and the people were forced to use unsafe water from a nearby swamp. He continued saying that the new water well is good because it is clean 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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Recent Project Updates

01/02/2013: Nangarugoma Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the village of Nangarugoma, 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:  Nangarugoma, South Ruhango, Gikoma, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3063
Install Date:  01/02/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 10/23/2016
Well Depth:  180.00M

Visit History:
01/17/2015 — Functional
01/17/2015 — Functional
06/10/2015 — Functional
09/14/2015 — Functional
10/23/2016 — Functional


55 individual donors
IBM Employee Services Center
In memory of Lisa LaGrand
Rachel and Naomi
Myers Family
Yacht Haven Marina, Inc.
The Leon Nevada Trust
Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church
St. Mary Magdalene - Waupaca
Ramona J. Burchill
Wilclay Public School
Pfizer Foundation - Matching Gift for Mary Molloy
A.L. Williams, Jr. Family Foundation, Inc.

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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.