Busego Community

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.20
Longitude 29.75

400 Served

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

Community Details:

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.”

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10/09/2013: Busego Community Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the community of Busego, 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.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : rwanda3065-5

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Busego, South Ruhango, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3065
Install Date:  10/08/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 11/23/2016
Well Depth:  278.00M


We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
02/12/2014 — Needs Repair
03/04/2015 — Needs Repair
03/04/2015 — Needs Repair
11/23/2016 — Needs Repair


Project Underwriter - Variety Foundation, Inc.
Summit Middle School
Things Remembered
Vanguard Community School Grade 5/6 Class
Warren Hills Regional High School/Human Rights Club
Things Remembered
Traverse City Area Public Schools
College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technoloy - Kent State University
Eastern Kentucky University/Green Crew
Quidnessett Baptist Church
Lucy's Bat Mitzvah Project
Coral Springs High School
The Newman Family
Community Montessori School of Boulder Valley
Suredata Tap In
Team 52
Grossmont College Group Project Page
66 individual donor(s)

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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.