Gasuna Community

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.23
Longitude 29.85

156 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, 156 community members were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well, spring, and other various forms of surface water to sustain their most immediate water needs.  Because of this, families were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses.  The community has access to pit latrines, a pit latrine with a slab, and a VIP latrine which will help prevent further spread of disease in this area.  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.  The local Protestant and Adventist churches will continue to cultivate community families after the team leaves the area.  The involvement and empowerement of the local church to continue sharing the love of Christ through safe drinking water creates a sustainable evangelical presence within the community.  There are 2 NGOs aside from Living Water Rwanda working in the area: SNV and Compassion International.  Both are working to assist the social economy, health, and education.

Training was conducted jointly with the community health workers.  The Living Water Rwanda team addressed oral hygiene and worms that were identified as major health challenges.  A Living Water Rwanda team member commented, “They were very grateful to the new water well and they believed it was an answer to the worms and parasites in the area.”  Using the Living Water Traditional Method, the team addressed with 78 community residents (48 women and 30 men): Disease Transmission, Germs, Hand Washing – Proper Techniques and Water Saving Methods, Latrine Perception, Tippy Tap, Proper Care of Pump, and Keeping the Water Clean.  Pit latrines were constructed for single household use and during the team’s stay.

The Living Water Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-three year old community member and farmer, Goreth Sibomata, who stated, “This new water source is a great addition to this community, and will greatly contribute to safe water availability.  The source is very near and the water is clean.  We grew up fetching from hand dug wells, the water being very brown and dirty.  They would step in it while fetching and this exposed it to contamination.”

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10/09/2013: Gasuna Community Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the community of Gasuna, 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!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Gasuna, South Ruhango, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3066
Install Date:  10/09/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 11/24/2016
Well Depth:  164.00M


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:
02/14/2014 — Needs Repair
03/04/2015 — Needs Repair
03/04/2015 — Needs Repair
11/24/2016 — Needs Repair


Project Underwriter - Paul and Kathryn Eilers
Northern Chautauqua Clergy Association
Bingham Family
Goshen Community Church
Day 1 Corporation
Grove Public School
The Mangione Family
SoHi Youth
In honor of the Potter Family
Asbury United Methodist Church, Inc.
Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church
Central United Methodist Church/Forum Sunday School Class
Compassionate Carers
59 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.