Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports...
When the Living Water Rwanda team arrived, 151 families were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well located one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. the community also supplemented with an unprotected spring and various forms of surface water to help sustain their growing water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. During the team's stay, community members assembled a water committee and community health club who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, provided any materials they had available, and guarded the team's equipment during the night. Most residents farm or work at the local community center to support their families. There are 2 other NGO's working in the area: AVSI and SNV who are promoting education and health. Before leaving the community, the team provided the water committee with a Living Water Rwanda contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, or become subject to vandalism or theft.
Using the Living Water Traditional Method, the team addressed with 75 community members: Disease Transmission, Germs, Healthy and Unhealthy Communities, Hand Washing - Proper Techniques and Water Saving Methods, Latrine Perception, Good - Bad Hygiene Behaviors, Disease Transmission Stories, Clean Hands Clean Hearts, Tippy Tap, Proper Care of Pump and Keeping the Water Clean.
The Living Water Rwanda Team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-four year old community member and subsistence farmer, Emmanuel Ukunzimana, who stated, "I am happy for the success of this water well, I was here when they started drilling. The previous water source was unsafe and far from our homes. Thank you LWI and The Water Project for this clean water."