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When the Living Water Rwanda team arrived, 128 families were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well, unprotected spring, and various forms of surface water to sustain their growing water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. The community has access to a pit latrine, a pit latrine with a slab, and a VIP pit latrine, all of which will help prevent further spread of disease in the area and also support the use of proper hygiene. 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 avaialbe, and guarded the team's equipment during the night. There are two churches in the area: Adventist and Protestant. Both will help continue to cultivate community members after the team leaves the area. There are two NGOs working in the area alongside Living Water Rwanda: SNV and Compassion International. These NGOs are working to promote education, health, social assistance, and the local economy.
During the training, we discussed the best hygiene practices and how best to improve on the hygiene practices. We also discussed the proper care of the pump. We discussed hand-washing and the need for tippy taps. The training was conducted with community health workers and 2 LWIR interns from KIST. During the hygiene education, the following issues were addressed: Disease Transmission, Germs, Latrine Perception, Tippy Tap, Proper Care of the Pump, and Keeping the Water Clean.
The Living Water Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-nine year old community member and farmer, Esther Nzamwitakuze, who stated, "The new water source is very near compared to where we used to fetch our water. The previous source used to get dry and we often went without water. The new well is even covered minimizing the risk of contamination."