Rubona Village

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Wells for Rwanda

Latitude -1.38
Longitude 30.40

347 Served

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

Background Information:

The people of Rubona know about water borne diseases all too well. Their nearest water source is half a kilometer
walk away from their community and is a swampy river. Because of the community’s dependence on this
contaminated water source, families were suffering from dysentery and malaria. The LWI Rwanda team was pleased
to learn of the community’s use of a covered pit latrine as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area.
The vice mayor of social affairs for Nyagatare district, Charlotte Musabyimana, directed the team to this community
as a priority site to receive a well. The Rubona well has a water committee consisting of a church representative, the
village chief, and a village layman. The water committee has opened a bank account which will be used to fund
repairs in the future, ensuring the sustainability and financial ownership of the project. Most community members
sustain their families by farming and the nearest school is located four kilometers away from the community. During
the team’s stay, community members took time away from work to help the team provide security over the water
project during the night. Living Water International has also enlisted this well in its operation and maintenance
program which will make quarterly visits to the site to ensure the pump remains operable and to do follow up health
and hygiene training with the community along with telling Bible stories, praying with the community, and
strengthening ties with the local church.

Hygiene and Sanitation Training:

LWI Rwanda team member, Arthur Kaneza, taught health and hygiene practices to 22 villagers in the village of
Rubona. During the hygiene education, Arthur addressed: Disease transmission, germs, hand washing proper water
saving techniques, healthy and unhealthy communities, how to take proper care of the pump, how to keep the water
clean, Community mapping and identifying good and bad hygiene behaviors, clean hands and clean hearts and
dental hygiene.

Community Member Interview:

The LWI Rwanda team had an opportunity to meet with forty –two year old community member and farmer, Charles
Gahigana, who stated, “The old water source was dirty and gave us brown water. This new water is clean and will
give us strength and health.”


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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Nyagatare, Karangazi, Rwisirabo, Rubona, Rwanda
ProjectID: 3085
Install Date:  12/01/2011

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 10/27/2016
Well Depth:  40.00M

Visit History:
07/31/2014 — Functional
05/19/2015 — Functional
05/19/2015 — Functional
10/21/2015 — Functional
10/27/2016 — Functional

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.