The well at Bugesera School, Batima, Rwanda has been successfully drilled and the people are now able to access safe, clean water. In the area where the school is located people used to drink contaminated lake water and use it for all their other household needs. They drank it because they had to, not because they didn’t know the consequences that go with drinking unclean water. They simply had no other choice and suffered much water-related disease.
The entire community is thrilled that the well is now in place. The school children have abundant, clean water to drink and their families can easily access water to be used for drinking and all household activities. Even the children have whiter uniforms now that their moms are washing clothes with clean water. (The dirty water from the lake turned white clothes brown.)
The well will help the community not only to enjoy improved health but also will save the time that was previously spent fetching water. That “extra” time can be used for other things, including income generating activities. The children can stay in school all day instead of having to leave to go fetch water for their families.