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The Water Project: Kabagali Community -
The Water Project: Kabagali Community -
The Water Project: Kabagali Community -
The Water Project: Kabagali Community -
The Water Project: Kabagali Community -
The Water Project: Kabagali Community -
The Water Project: Kabagali Community -
The Water Project: Kabagali Community -
The Water Project: Kabagali Community -
The Water Project: Kabagali Community -

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Jun 2013

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

Last Checkup: 10/19/2016

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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.

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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Project Photos


Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


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

Aciel M. - Farmer



Contributors

Project Sponsor - The First Church of the Brethren