Buterana Community

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -2.19
Longitude 29.82

400 Served

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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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01/23/2014: Buterana Project Complete

We are excited to report that the community of Buterana, 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. With access to clean water and training on how to prevent the spread of disease through proper hygiene, change is coming for this community.  Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : rwanda3077-07

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Buterana, South, Ruhango, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3077
Install Date:  01/23/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/24/2016
Well Depth:  147.00M

Visit History:
03/13/2014 — Functional
02/20/2015 — Functional
06/29/2015 — Functional
09/05/2015 — Functional
11/24/2016 — Functional


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)

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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.