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When the team arrived, 116 families and a Community Center were dependent on unprotected hand dug wells, unprotected spring and various forms of surface water all located a kilometer outside the community to sustain the entirety of their water needs. The community’s access and use of pit latrines, a pit latrine with a slab and ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines coupled with access to a safe water source will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. The sole use of these facilities will simultaneously promote the adoption of other good hygiene behaviors learned during hygiene promotion. Behavioral change is a desired outcome and often times the most difficult to attain. But with sustained and proper hygiene promotion the likelihood of communities adopting new practices to better their health and sustain their water source increases. There are Community Health Workers serving in Rwinkuba Community to provide basic medical and preventive care. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a Water Committee and Community Health Club who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, supplied any materials they had available and provided security for the team. Most residents are of Protestant or Catholic faith and with continued cultivation from the local Protestant, Catholic and Adventist churches, the Good News will continue to be shared with the unreached. There are several other NGOs working in Rwinkuba Community including: Care International, SNV and Compassion International. These NGOs are working to provide family planning guidance, and social, economic and health education and promoting childhood education.
Using the Living Water Traditional Method, the following principle hygiene issues were addressed with 63 participants: Disease Transmission, Germs, Latrine Perception, Proper Care of Pump and Keeping the Water Clean. The training was interactive and most of the people were interested in knowing how best they can keep their new well safe from contamination. The team further addressed standards that need to be met that will serve as a safeguard to their water source. The community also initiated the construction of household tippy taps for single household use.
The team had an opportunity to meet with 50 year old community member and farmer, Pascal Mutabazi, who stated, "When it rains, the water turns brown, when it is a dry season the water dries up. Hoping this new water well will bring an end to that."