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The Water Project: Rusebeya Community -
The Water Project: Rusebeya Community -
The Water Project: Rusebeya Community -
The Water Project: Rusebeya Community -
The Water Project: Rusebeya Community -
The Water Project: Rusebeya Community -
The Water Project: Rusebeya Community -
The Water Project: Rusebeya Community -
The Water Project: Rusebeya Community -
The Water Project: Rusebeya Community -

Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Oct 2013

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Community Profile

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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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.


Project Sponsor - Twin Oaks Christian Church
Rachel and Carl Berg
45 individual donor(s)