Kinama Village



Water Point

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Country:
Rwanda

Program:
Wells for Rwanda

GPS:
Latitude -2.24
Longitude 29.80

Impact:
500 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Everyone in this community was used to fetching water from swamps. You would see people wandering in swamps in the evening. This well will stop us from collecting water that way. Swamp water has never been clean, but we were using it anyway, because we had no other option. It feels good to have clean water. We did not expect this to happen!

Niragire - Farmer



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Stories and Community Profile

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

Community Details

“Everyone in this community was used to fetching water from swamps. You would see people wandering in swamps in the evening.” This reality was faced daily by 243 families living in Kinama Village in southern Ruhango, Rwanda. Safe water was not an option. Not only was a swamp located three kilometers away from the community primarily used to meet the community’s water needs, but unprotected hand-dug wells and other forms of surface water were depended on as well. Unsafe water was not, however, the only crippling effect of surviving in an undeveloped community, as unsafe hygiene and sanitation behaviors had forced families to subsist in a seemingly eternal cycle of poverty. Diseases including typhoid, malaria, respiratory disease, diarrhea and severe dehydration morbidly affected families. Forced to choose between dehydration and disease, community leaders visited a neighboring community where Living Water Rwanda was working and asked for help. Living Water responded!

To further work already done by other NGOs, including Care International and SNV that are working to provide social assistance and family planning, the Living Water team diligently worked to secure safe drinking water in Kinama Village. Safe drinking water will set the foundation for community development, allowing families to take an initial step out of extreme poverty. During the construction of the improved water point, the community formed a five-person Water Committee who assisted with the water project whenever possible, supplied any materials they had available and guarded the team’s equipment. The Water Committee was also trained to maintain the improved water point and properly manage water resources – with an end goal of creating a sustainable water system that will benefit Kinama Village for this generation and the next.

There are three churches in the village including a Catholic church, Protestant church and Adventist church. These churches exist in a predominantly Protestant and Catholic area, where most people have been introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, to see Christlike love displayed in a community desperate for water, a community that did not “expect this to happen,” brings new meaning to the gospel message. Not only was the name of Jesus spoken to 243 families living in Kinama Village, but also the Good News of Jesus Christ was shared with 148 people (40 men, 58 women and 50 children).

Hygiene Promotion

Securing safe drinking water in thirsty communities is foundation to community development. However, safe water alone is not enough. During the Hygiene Promotion, the Living Water team addressed life-saving lessons on hygiene and sanitation through two trainings. The fist training engaged 82 people that participated and benefited from the following lessons: disease transmission, healthy and unhealthy communities, latrine perception, germs, proper care of the pump, keeping the water clean, hand washing proper techniques and water saving methods, causes of diarrhea, good-bad hygiene behaviors, disease transmission and prevention stories, tippy taps, nutrition and oral hygiene. The second training was attended by 20 people (9 men and 11 women). During this training, the team emphasized the importance of solely utilizing the improved water point for all water needs. Before entering the community with safe drinking water, families were forced to use water collected from a nearby swamp to support all of their water needs. The team urged families to no longer use the swamp water, and families agreed!

Community Member Interview

“Everyone in this community was used to fetching water from swamps. You would see people wandering in swamps in the evening,” shared 26-year-old community member and farmer, Niragire. “This well will stop us from collecting water that way. Swamp water has never been clean, but we were using it anyway, because we had no other option. It feels good to have clean water. We did not expect this to happen!”


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Recent Project Updates


10/28/2014: Kinama Village Project Complete

We are excited to report that Kinama Village in Rwanda has a new source of safe, clean water.  A new well has been constructed and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  Together these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area.  We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures. 

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!


The Water Project : rwanda3080-08-clean-water


Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kinama Village, South Ruhango, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3080
Install Date:  10/28/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Functional
Last Visit: 02/23/2017
Well Depth:  213.00M

Visit History:
01/28/2015 — Functional
01/28/2015 — Functional
06/17/2015 — Functional
09/16/2015 — Functional
02/23/2017 — Functional




Contributors

Flossmoor Community Church
Shoreline Public Schools/Shorewood High School
Saint Bernardine's Confirmation Class of 2014
Ambidextrous - The Company You Are Looking For
Community of Faith United Methodist Church
Break.com
Mars One
Vinny & Jean
Brigitta Canfield's Fundraising Page
Gabrielle & Danielle Daudet's Fundraising Page
Many individual donors



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Country Details

Rwanda

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.