Karama Community

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.20
Longitude 29.90

500 Served

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

 When the Living Water Rwanda team arrived, 119 families were dependent on a stream and unprotected hand dug well located a kilometer outside the community 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 a pit latrine with a slab, VIP latrines, and regular pit latrines will help prevent further spread of disease in the area.  Most residents farm to sustain their families and a few are able to sell excess produce at nearby markets.  There is a community center and Adventist and Protestant churches in the community whose staff and congregations now have access to a safe water source.  The Living Water Rwanda team empowered the local churches to continue sharing the Gospel in the community as it relates to safe drinking water.  Equipping the church to take ownership of the project creates a sustainable evangelical presence in the community.  The community established a water committee and community health club who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, supplied any materials they had available, and provided meals for the team.  This water committee is also responsible for helping maintain the well after the team leaves the area and was provided with a Living Water Rwanda contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair or become subject to vandalism or theft.  Two other NGOs are working in the area:  Care International and Search For Common Ground.  These NGOs are working to provide unity and reconciliation training and family care.

Using the Living Water Traditional Method, the team addressed with 72 community members:  Disease Transmission, Hand Washing – Proper Techniques and Water Saving Methods, Latrine Perception, Tippy Tap, Proper Care of the Pump, and Keeping The Water Clean.  Tippy Taps for households were constructed by community members as were pit latrines.  The use of both facilities will help prevent further spread of disease in the area and promote good hygiene behaviors.

The Living Water Rwanda team had the opportunity to meet with 28 year old community member and subsistence farmer, Nsegiyumya Fidel, who stated, “It is amazing that we are having this new water well.  Ever since childhood we used the stream water for domestic use and we know well of their possible contamination runoff.  This community is a lot different because of this new well with its water quality.  The water won’t be affected by runoff as our previous one.”

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Recent Project Updates

10/10/2013: Karama Project Compete!

We are excited to report that Karama, 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 now are low resolution.  When we receive higher quality images, we will 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:  Karama, South Ruhango, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3069
Install Date:  10/10/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/22/2016
Well Depth:  65.00M

Visit History:
02/26/2014 — Functional
02/20/2015 — Functional
06/17/2015 — Functional
09/11/2015 — Functional
11/22/2016 — Functional


The Lemole Family Charitable Trust
St. Simons United Methodist Church
YourCause, LLC/Reina Kreitzer
Smithfield Middle School
Cedar Hill Rotary and Interact Club
Patrick Winters aka "Junior"
Cloverleaf High School IMPACT
Duck Creek Community Church
Ethridge Elementary School
Diana Linehan/Oliver and Anthony
Anonymous Donor
Fountain of Youth
Karess Swimwear
Lifedrops SAS
79 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.