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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 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.