Kigabiro Community

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.22
Longitude 29.89

500 Served

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

This site was scouted by the living water staff with the district engineer together with the local leader of the cell. The team choose this site because of the seriousness of this community’s lack of access to a safe water source. Upon the team’s arrival, 764 community members were dependent on various forms of surface water including a spring all located over a kilometer outside the community to meet all of their water needs. (Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  To learn more, click here.)Because of this, residents were suffering from cholera, malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. The community has access to pit latrines and with sustained hygiene promotion coupled with access to safe drinking water, this practice should no longer be used and the spread of waterborne illness should rapidly decrease. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a Water Committee who assisted the team for the duration of their stay including; supplying materials, labor, and security. The Water Committee is also responsible for maintaining the well after the team leaves the area.

During the hygiene education, the Living Water Rwanda team addresses: Hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons are taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices, and implement community driven solutions.

The Living Water Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with 30 year old community member and farmer, Ntagungira Faustin, who stated, “We have been going down to the valley for water but now this well is near us and we will no longer walk uphill with water. It has always been back breaking to carry a jerican of water uphill.”

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01/22/2014: Clean Water For Kigabiro

We are excited to report that Kigabiro, 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.  The well is finished, sanitation and hygiene training have been done, potential has been unlocked!  Thank you for you help!

The Water Project : rwanda3076-16

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kigabiro, Ntongwe, Ruhango, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3076
Install Date:  01/22/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 09/08/2016
Well Depth:  164.00M

Visit History:
09/21/2015 — Functional
09/08/2016 — Functional


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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.