Kabagali Community

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.22
Longitude 29.65

500 Served

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“The old water source used to turn brown when it rained but this water well never done so.”

Aciel M. - Farmer

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Stories and Community Profile

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

The selection of this site involved one staff from Living Water, a District Engineer together with Kabagali Sector Leader. The community was visited before drilling and the community members played a role to establish a water user committee chaired by Beneza Jackson. The community leader together with water user committee are planning collect enough money to upgrade this hand pump well in a submersible well so that it can serve more needy people. When the LWI–Rwanda team arrived, 960 community families were utilizing a spring to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. The LWI–Rwanda team was pleased to learn of the community’s use of a pit latrine as this will help prevent further spread of illness in the area. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, provided any materials they had available and made meals for the team. Most residents farm or work for the local community center to support their families. There are a Ramon Catholic Church and Seven Day Adventist Church in the community who will continue to cultivate new believers after the team leaves the area. Most residents are of Protestant or Catholic faith and with the implementation of the new water project, the local churches will have a new avenue to sharing the Gospel in the community. Other NGO’s; CARE International and ADRA are also working in the community to help local economic development and education efforts in the area.

The LWI–Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-five year old community member and farmer, Aciel Murindankaka, who stated, “The old water source used to turn brown when it rained but this water well never done so.”

The Community Health Clubs (CHC) addressed: Hand washing-proper techniques and water saving methods, latrine perception, diarrhea doll-causes of diarrhea, good-bad hygiene behaviors, disease transmission stories, proper care of the pump and keeping the water clean. Household tippy taps (a simple hand washing solution) for single household use were also constructed in the community to help prevent further spread of germs. Pit latrines with slabs were built and intended for single household use for residents, and during the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the construction of the pit latrines. Overall, community members were trained on hygiene best practices and were able to do some demonstrations on hand washing.

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Recent Project Updates

07/11/2013: Kabagali Community Project complete!

We are excited to report that the community of Kabagali in Rwanda has a new source of safe, clean water!  We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures of the project.  Thank you for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kabagali, South Ruhango, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3064
Install Date:  06/27/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 10/19/2016
Well Depth:  164.00M

Visit History:
12/03/2014 — Functional
04/20/2015 — Functional
07/31/2015 — Functional
10/12/2015 — Functional
10/19/2016 — 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.