Ruko Community

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.27
Longitude 29.84

400 Served

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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

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Stories and 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.”

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Recent 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

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Ruko, South Ruhango, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3072
Install Date:  12/17/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/23/2016
Well Depth:  115.00M

Visit History:
12/03/2014 — Functional
12/03/2014 — Functional
06/25/2015 — Functional
08/29/2015 — Functional
11/23/2016 — Functional


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)

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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.