Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 400 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Jan 2014

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Community Profile

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

The Living Water Rwanda team arrived in the community late as they first traveled to Muhanga and then proceeded to Ruhango after fuelling the Rig and compressor. When the team arrived in the community it was getting dark but the villagers in this community were relentless as they braced the cold and drizzles to see the rolling in of the huge machines into their community. The chief executive was at hand and summoned the community who gladly joined in song and dance as we set up. Implementation of this water source directly affects 97 families and a community center. The community was previously forced to use an unprotected hand dug well, unprotected spring and other various forms of surface water all located a kilometer outside the community to meet all of their water needs. The community’s access to pit latrines, a pit latrine with a slab and VIP pit latrine will help prevent further spread of disease in the area and simultaneously promote good hygiene behaviors. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a Water Committee and Community Health Club who assist the team with the water project whenever possible, supplied any materials they had available and guarded the team’s equipment during the night. There are community health workers in the area and 2 other NGOs; Care International. SNV and Compassion International who are working to assist with family planning, social, economic and health education.

From the training the community came with a plan to increase the number of tippy taps from 24 out of 106 households to 80 households by January 2014. A total of 89 participants participated in the training where 41 were male and 48 female. 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, Tippy Tap, Proper Care of Pump, Community Mapping-Identify Hygiene Behaviors and Keeping the Water Clean. The community constructed household tippy taps and with help from the Living Water Rwanda team, constructed a VIP Pit Latrine for single household use. A Living Water Rwanda team member commented, "We shared on proper care of pump, hand washing, tippy taps disease prevention, worms and parasites."

The Living Water Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with 43 year old community member and farmer, Bagaragaza Janvier, who stated, "This water has a good taste compared to the previous one. It is so near to us and very clean."

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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute!


Project Underwriter - DeWolde Family Trust
Douglas and Claudet Demerchant/In Memory of Thomas A. Morrison
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program/Bonnie Ziegler
Candy Vandercar and Family
Temple B'nai Abraham
Fernandina Christian Academy
Unity By-The-Bay, Inc.
Duck Creek Community Church
Sahai Family Charitable Foundation
Sun Valley WaterProject
charity party
60 individual donor(s)