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The Water Project: Gahung Community -
The Water Project: Gahung Community -
The Water Project: Gahung Community -
The Water Project: Gahung Community -
The Water Project: Gahung Community -
The Water Project: Gahung Community -
The Water Project: Gahung Community -
The Water Project: Gahung Community -
The Water Project: Gahung Community -
The Water Project: Gahung Community -
The Water Project: Gahung Community -

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 250 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Dec 2013

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

Last Checkup: 11/16/2016

Project Features


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Community Profile

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

When the Living Water Rwanda team arrived, 107 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.

Using Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), the following principle issues were addressed: Disease Transmission, Healthy and Unhealthy Communities, Latrine Perception, Disease Transmission Stories, Clean Hands Clean Hearts and Keeping the Water Clean. The community also constructed household tippy taps and a pit latrine with a slab for single household use.

The Living Water Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with fifty-seven year old community member and subsistence farmer, Athansie, who stated, “This water is very clean, we are happy because we can drink it, it is really good but the previous water source was very bad.”

Project Updates


12/17/2013: Gahung Project Complete

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


The Water Project : rwanda3074_02


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.



Contributors

Project Sponsor - In Memory of Frank A. Nichols, and Sue T. Nichols