Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rwandans 4 Water

In 2010, Water4, in conjunction with Oklahoma Christian University and current student from Rwanda at OC helped start Rwandans 4 Water.  In their own words:

"After collecting ideas of how to further our education needs but also serve  the needs of Rwandans, we went through a process of selecting an appropriate project based on the vision of Rwanda for 2020, as well as having a great impact in a brief period of time.  We agreed on helping solve the problem of acquiring clean water in rural communities of Rwanda.  The lack of accessible clean water is a devastating problem in both rural and urban areas in Rwanda. We hoped that, by drilling water wells in selected parts of Rwanda using simple, affordable andamenable technology, access to clean water will increase."

They are now into their second summer of drilling.  In 2010 they completed 3 wells, and intend on completing 3 wells this summer, in addition to focusing on training locals and sourcing and manufacturing some of the tools needed in Rwanda.  They are now in the process of drilling their second well this summer.  And, if you want to keep up with them, you can click on their name above, or follow them on Twitter @rwandans4water.

When they went back to one of the wells they drilled in the summer of 2010, this is what they found:

From Timothy, one of the leaders of the drill team:

"Two of last year's wells were destroyed because there were too many people using them and they(the wells) were not secure enough. Somebody unscrewed the top cover and removed the materials (inner pipe) the well is actually un-repairable . . . "

See if you can wrap your mind around the fact the wells were broken because there were too many people using them.

If you poured your blood, sweat and tears into something like this what would be your response to coming back and finding it destroyed?  So, check your initial response that just occurred in your head against the response of Rwandans 4 Water.  Again, from Timothy:
"Actually our current drill site is just next to one of last year's well. . . That is why we had to make some modifications to this year's wells so they could not be easily destroyed . . . All in all, we decided to build around the well in a way that would make it hard to modify/repair/destroy. Secondly we will leave somebody in charge of maintaining each of the wells we build.  This, we hope, will solve that problem"


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