Funded – May 14, 2019
Bugesera School is a Christian school. Our partner, Heaven’s Family, is connected to a Rwanda-based ministry partner, Cindy Murphy, who has done excellent work with two schools in Kenya. A Christian educator, she had seen the incredibly desperate situations of the children in the poorest slums of Nairobi and began a first Christian school, then a second, and now this third school in Rwanda. Previously, in this part of Rwanda, there was only 1 school with a 64:1 student teacher ratio and students only going 1/2 day due to over-crowding. There is a tremendous need for schools in Rwanda…and a tremendous need for clean water!
The local water source is the nearby lake used by people and animals. The lake water is used for drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing. Also, there is one large community water tank which is filled once every three weeks. The water tank supplies water to the community for 3 days where each family has a 2 jerry can limit. Most people walk to the lake, but families can actually buy the dirty lake water from men and boys who go to fetch lake water and then sell it (they provide the service of fetching water). They carry 5-6 cans on bikes at a time (240-280 lbs.) and walk the bike as they can’t ride the loaded bike when hauling water. It is approximately 3 miles to the “town” of Batima, all uphill. The school itself is about a 3/4 mile from the lake and a 40-minute walk round trip. There is no plumbing or sewage system.
The most common diseases are parasites, worms, rashes, and malaria. The people receive deworming pills from the government once a year. Talking with the people, some are completely ignorant their water source was the principal cause of their health issues, yet they universally agree that they incur a significant rate of water borne illnesses and do not have enough clean water.
The well will benefit the school, greenhouses, and the general community. The plan is to have a small, fractional fee (not yet decided) as approved by the leadership so the community may contribute to future well maintenance.