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The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -
The Water Project: Ruko Community -

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 400 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Dec 2013

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

Last Checkup: 11/23/2016

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Community Profile

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

When the Living Water Rwanda team arrived, 181 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, VIP 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.

Phillip, the Living Water Rwanda Sustainability Coordinator, facilitated the Hygiene and sanitation training. The community health worker also facilitated the training where a total of 197 people attended the training. Using Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) the following principle issues were addressed Hand washing, proper care of pump, safe water chain, disease transmission and prevention, worms and parasites. After hygiene education, the community constructed tippy taps for single household use.

The Living Water Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-nine year old community member and subsistence farmer, Martha Mukasine, who stated, “We have been getting our water from unprotected springs for most of the years! We also had to walk a long distance but this source is near, with clean water! Anyone in this community can get clean drinking water any time of the day.”

Project Updates


12/17/2013: Ruko Project Complete

We are excited to report that the community of Ruko, 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.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help.


The Water Project : rwanda3072_14


Project Photos


Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


We have been getting our water from unprotected springs for most of the years! We also had to walk a long distance but this source is near, with clean water! Anyone in this community can get clean drinking water any time of the day.

Martha M. - Subsistence Farmer



Contributors

Project Sponsor - First Presbyterian Church, Lake Jackson
Streams Church
Project Sponsor - First Presbyterian Church, Lake Jackson
Hamilton Community Schools
In Memory of Nirmala Sujan
Normandales Environmental biology 1110 sec 1 2013
15 individual donor(s)