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When the Living Water Rwanda team arrived, 130 families, 3 local churches and a community center were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well, unprotected spring and other various forms of surface water all located a kilometer outside the community 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’s use of pit latrines and a pit latrine with a slab will help prevent further spread of disease in the community and simultaneously promote good hygiene behaviors. There are community health workers in the area who will also support good hygiene behaviors and have the capacity to treat other ailments. The most predominant religions in the community are Protestant and Catholic. The local Catholic, Protestant and Adventist churches will continue to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the unreached. Care International, SNV and Compassion International are 3 other NGO’s working in the area to help provide family planning, social economics and health and education. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee and community health club who assisted the team by contributing financially towards the water project and by supplying any materials they had available. These committees are responsible for helping maintain the well after the team leaves the area.
Using the Living Water Traditional Method, the team addressed: Healthy and Unhealthy Communities, Hand Washing-Proper Techniques and Water Saving Methods, Latrine Perception, Disease Transmission Stories, Tippy Tap, Proper Care of Pump and Keeping the Water Clean. After the hygiene education, the community constructed household tippy taps and a pit latrine with a slab, both for single household use.
The Living Water Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-nine year old community member and subsistence farmer and small business owner, Raurent Gakuru, who stated, "In this community, we had no safe water source before. We had chronically water borne diseases but we are happy now that all the peoples around this well will access clean water. I thank you very much."