Kagazi I

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Latitude -2.20
Longitude 29.88

400 Served

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

 When the Living Water Rwanda team arrived, 108 families were dependent on a stream 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 and construction of a pit latrine with a slab, VIP latrines, and 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 congregation now all 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.  There are three other NGOs working in the area: Care International, SNV, and Compassion International.  These NGOs are working to provide family planning, social economics, education, and social assistance.

There were 63 people who attended hygiene training.  During the training, community health workers shared, emphasizing latrine perception and hand washing facilities, as they are a major communal challenge.  Using the Living Water Traditional Method, the following principle issues were addressed: Disease Transmission, Hand Washing – Proper Techniques and Water Saving Methods, Latrine Perception, HIV/AIDS, Living Well Club Bible Stories, Clean Hands Clean Hearts, and Proper Care of the Pump.  Tippy Taps were constructed for household use and a pit latrine with a slab was built by the community.  After training, the local leaders resolved to tackle hand washing and latrine coverage  issues in the cell, again emphasizing their importance and relevance to disease prevention and healthy routines in the community.

The Living Water Rwanda team had the opportunity to meet with forty-seven year old community member and subsistence farmer, Alphonse Bioziyarenye, who stated, “This water is very near and safe and the previous water was undoubtedly unsafe and very far.  We have been using dirty water for household use for a long time but we are grateful this is coming to an end courtesy of this new well.”

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10/10/2013: Kagazi I Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the community of Kagazi I in 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 low resolution.  As soon as 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:  Kagazi I, South Ruhango, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3070
Install Date:  10/10/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/22/2016
Well Depth:  98.00M

Visit History:
10/01/2014 — Functional
10/14/2014 — Functional
06/17/2015 — Functional
09/06/2015 — Functional
11/22/2016 — Functional


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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.