Nyacyonga Community

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.23
Longitude 29.85

400 Served

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

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.”

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10/10/2013: Nyacyonga Project Complete!

We are excited to report that Nyacyonga, 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 are rather low resolution.  When we get 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:  Nyacyonga, South Ruhango, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3068
Install Date:  10/10/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/22/2016
Well Depth:  164.00M

Visit History:
02/14/2014 — Functional
03/05/2015 — Functional
05/18/2015 — Functional
11/18/2015 — Functional
11/22/2016 — Functional


Hutto Baptist Church
Holland Park Church
Juan P. Ruiz
St. George's Middle School
Glenwood Elementary School
MDG/Church of the Transfiguration
Leonard Elementary School
Variety Foundation, Inc.
Schwab Charitable Fund/Clyde and Jeanette Baker
New Canaan Country School/Holly Diomede
Lafayette St. School
Sevastopol Middle Schooll
The Farache Family
Alpha Delta Lambda at Union College
Franklin County High School
Sahai Family Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Girl Scout Troop 43431
76 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.