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When the Living Water Rwanda team arrived, 158 families, 3 local churches and a community center were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well 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 Pentecostal 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: Disease Transmission, Healthy and Unhealthy Communities, Hand Washing-Proper Techniques and Water Saving Methods, Latrine Perception, Clean Hands Clean Hearts and Tippy Tap. The community, with help from the Living Water Rwanda team, constructed tippy taps and a pit latrine with a slab for single household use.
The Living Water Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-eight year old community member and subsistence farmer, Said Nyadwi, who stated, "The previous water source was not safe. The water had a bad smell but this water well is good, the water is clean, We really thank you for your support."