Rusebeya Community

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.21
Longitude 29.77

500 Served

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

When the Living Water Rwanda team arrived, 87 families were dependent on an unprotected spring located one kilometer away from the community and various forms of surface water 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 community’s use of pit latrines, a pit latrine with a slab, and VIP latrines will help prevent further spread of disease in the area.  During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee and community health club who assisted the team with the project whenever possible, provided any materials they had available, and guarded the team’s equipment during the night.  Most residents farm to earn a living and a few are able to sell excess produce at nearby markets, though the majority are forced to keep the entirety of their produce to feed their families.  There are two other NGOs working in the area: Handicap International and Compassion International, who are working towards improving social economy, health, and education.  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 Disease Transmission, Healthy and Unhealthy Communities, Hand Washing – Proper Techniques and Water Saving Methods, Diarrhea Doll – Causes of Diarrhea, Disease Transmission Stories, Clean Hands Clean Hearths, Tippy Tap, and Keeping Water Clean.  The Living Water team further emphasized the use of tippy taps by helping construct tippy taps for single household use.  The community also has access to pit latrines with a slab for single household use.  The training was jointly conducted with a local community health worker.  The Living Water Rwanda team discussed many topics but focused on pressing issues that were identified as hand washing and nutrition.  After the training, the community came up with an action plan that every house will have a tippy tap and a kitchen garden by October.  The participants were 91 women and 80 men including children.

The Living Water Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-five year old community member and subsistence farmer Elizabeth Mukansanga, who stated, “The new water is very good.  It’s clean and located near our home.  We are blessed to have this water in our village.  We had unprotected spring which has poor quality and little water, but now we are happy, we have got a solution.  God bless you for the support.”

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Recent Project Updates

10/10/2013: Rusebeya Project Complete

We are excited to report that the community of Rusebeya, 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.  The pictures we have right now are rather low resolution.  When we get some better quality images, we’ll let you know.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Rusebeya, South Ruhango, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3067
Install Date:  10/10/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/22/2016
Well Depth:  131.00M

Visit History:
02/12/2014 — Functional
02/17/2015 — Functional
04/20/2015 — Functional
07/27/2015 — Functional
11/18/2015 — Functional
11/22/2016 — Functional


Project Sponsor - Twin Oaks Christian Church
Rachel and Carl Berg
45 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.