The Voices of Rwanda
Though we are proud of the impact we can have in changing the numbers of clean water access, it’s the people of Ruhango who are truly inspiring. Change would not be possible without the courage and determination of fearless leaders who put dollars and ideas into action. With that, we are happy to introduce you to the people of Ruhango.
Advocate For Peace
As the rain falls lightly outside, Christina pours clean water over her living room floor. Baby Aliome sleeps peacefully on Christine's back as six-year-old, Diome and four-year-old, Burime, circle the room in a never-ending game of tag.
Christina is young and petite. Her strength is in her smile - wide and bright and shared often. She hums energetically as she mops her floor like a pro with broad, effortless strokes.
Christina’s village, Musenyi, received one of the first 10 Days Campaign wells built in 2015. Although it’s new, Christina tells us the well has completely transformed her life.
"A lot has changed. Every activity has changed,” she says. “I use water from the well for everything."
From washing utensils to cooking, washing clothes, bathing and drinking, Christina no longer has to worry about the need for water. She used to have to walk thirty minutes to and from a clean water source once a day to gather a limited amount of water.
“There was no one taking care of that well and when it was congested, people would tend to fight,” she says. “During the rainy season, the floods made it difficult to get water even for cooking.”
Christina now says she walks only 5 minutes to the Musenyi well at least four times a day. Rainy season has just started, and for the first time Christina neither fights the floods blocking her route to clean water nor wastes her time hunting for dry wood to boil drinking water.
The relief she feels has not just transformed her daily schedule, but it’s also left Christina with a renewed confidence in the health of her three girls. Not long ago, anxiety filled Christina as time and again, waterborne diseases threatened Christina and her family.
Christina’s voice softens when she talks about Burime and Diome fighting illnesses from worms. She says she would often have to take them to the local hospital for treatments. Just a few years ago, Burime was so ill that she had to be transferred to the larger District Hospital.
“I was frustrated when she was sick,” says Christina.
Just like any mother, Christina’s frustration developed from her inability to change a situation continuing to debilitate her family. No matter what she said or did, she had no way to help her child.
But as a result of 10 Days Campaign, Christina and others in Musenyi now have a new reality. Living Water staff routinely visit the village to check on the progress of the well. Recently, they also lead a hygiene and sanitation workshop as well as a devotion in Musenyi.
In order to give ownership of any new well back to the community using it, Living Water urges local leaders to establish a payment plan decided upon and regulated by a community water committee. Musenyi leaders saw the value in this plan and resultantly, each well member pays a monthly fee for their household's use of the well - equivalent to about $0.30.
As the secretary of the water committee, Christina is passionate about educating her neighbors on the importance of valuing clean water and caring for their well. She says that if she could do anything to change her community, she would help out those with less than her. Thankfully, the funds collected by the committee allow her to do just that.
“When we have money from the payments, we can easily repair the well or support our members when they are in need,” she says.
There are currently 57 family’s paying for use of the well - a good start for Musenyi. Christina is hopeful that others will also see the value in using clean water and also join - even if that takes some time. For now, she is content to continue to pray for peace in the midst of challenges.
“When I have peace I am happy,” she says.
Christina finishes mopping her floor just as the rain begins to subside. She carries her now dirty water outside to dump it - Burime and Diome in close pursuit. Soon, she will return to the well for more water and with every rushing pump, her anxiety fades as peace takes it place.
A MOTHER’S TRIUMPH
Dativ has just returned from her morning work in the rice fields bordering her community. Her hands and feet chalked over from the muddy waters of the field, she climbs the hill to her home with her youngest son, Samuel, wrapped tightly on her back.
Smiling from ear to ear, she begins preparations for lunch.
Dativ is a tall, strong woman towering over most of her friends. Her strength could be intimidating, but instead, her bubbly personality is contagious.
It doesn’t take long to realize Dativ’s strength is not just physical. She doesn’t hide her family’s struggles, but she doesn’t dwell on them either. She is the type of mom who can clean, cook and organize her household while simultaneously laughing and loving on her five children. Dativ is also the type of mom who doesn’t let circumstance change how she loves and takes care of those most important to her.
Before Living Water built a well in Dativ’s village, Nyamugari, just over a year ago, it was much more difficult for this mother and wife to carry out her responsibilities. Although a stream with dirty water was only a five-minute walk from her home, the closest clean water took 35 minutes to walk to and from every single day. This source was often overcrowded and overused, causing Dativ to rely on boiling the dirty water near their home.
"At times we failed to have firewood to boil the water and would have to just drink the dirty water," Dativ told us.
The struggle for clean water took a toll on Dativ and her family.
“When we drink dirty water, we would get congested. Even our kids – they would drink it and get a cough,” she says.
Battling frequent sicknesses and medical bills while balancing work and family responsibilities left Dativ with time for little else. She tells us her home was always messy and she didn’t have many vegetables growing in her home garden.
There was talk of a clean water source coming to the community but payment for piping to each individual home would have to be paid for out of pocket, and it would be expensive – well outside of Dativ and her husband, Patrick’s budget.
But when Living Water came to drill a well almost directly next to Dativ’s home, Dativ had her answer.
"Now if I need water, I just go. We no longer get tired from having to walk far. It’s easy if we need a large volume of water we just go get it."
Living Water’s hygiene and sanitation training also made a difference in Dativ’s daily life. The training taught her how to use clean water in numerous ways to keep her home clean and her family healthy.
“I learned the importance of drying dishes in order to kill germs and washing my hands after using the bathroom to protect my baby from sickness,” she says.
Dativ also learned the importance in making healthy, balanced meals for her family through the training. She was so convinced of the need for her family to eat more greens, that she even planted another home garden after the training to grow fresh herbs like parsley and lemongrass.
Now with each meal, she strives to include something green, something white and something red to fill her family’s plates – a tool she learned through Living Water staff to help make sure her family is getting a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats.
Empowered with easy access to clean water, Dativ has witnessed a change in her family. The kids don’t get sick as much and she told us her body feels better. Without money for health insurance, Dativ has more peace knowing her kid’s medical bills are no longer adding up so quickly.
Dativ’s house is now well taken care of. There is no clutter in her sitting room and as her kids return from school and sit down for lunch, they use clean water to wash their hands. The water glistens in the stream of light falling through a high window from the back of the room, and the sound of tiny splashes of water fills the quiet room as everyone waits patiently for their meal. These are the small reminders of clean water at work – a transformed family, a clean room, and a healthy meal – proving Dativ’s words true in this moment:
"Clean water helps you in everything."
Agent of Change
The long hours, the long distances traveled, the difficult work environment - drilling water wells is not for the faint of heart.
"During the rainy season, work is really hard. The rain makes the roads difficult to navigate and the trucks can get stuck easily,” says Jean.
Despite the seasonal and day to day difficulties, Jean has been drilling for 8 years and he’s worked as Living Water’s head driller for 4 years.
Jean has grown immensely during his time with Living Water. He began young, single and untrained, but he has worked hard to grow professionally over the years. Now married with a one year old son, Jean says his job both enabled his wife to finish University and also means he can continually support his family. But that’s not the only reason why he loves his job. Jean is a passionate and determined leader committed to instilling communities with a love for clean water and a love for Jesus.
Jean and his team depart from Kigali early in the evening, expecting they’ll reach Ruhango by 10 or 11 pm. They’re driving two behemoth trucks - both the Water Well Drilling Rig and Compressor truck. The road to Ruhango is well-paved, but windy and narrow, and unfortunately on this night, one of the trucks breaks down.
After repairs and travel time, the team reaches Ruhango at 2 am. They have only a few hours to sleep before they must be ready to drill the next morning. As the sun begins to bake the hot sand in Ruhango, the team members don their blue jumpsuits and circle up for a prayer inside Living Water’s Ruhango office. No one has dark circles under their eyes and all are wide awake.
Jean quietly directs people where to go as everyone hops in a car or truck and settles in for the hour drive up the unpaved, dirt roads leading to Ruwenzi village.
The drive is uncomfortable in a normal vehicle, let alone a massive truck reaching the height of two cars stacked on top of each other. Village after village passes by as the trucks climb steep one-way roads, plummet into ravines, and cross rickety bridges over trickling streams. Kids run as fast and as long as they can to keep up with the trucks, inevitably giving up with shouts and laughter.
Comparably, the teams says this drive is moderately difficult to other drilling projects where razor sharp cliffs and slippery, rain drenched roads have meant the difference between clean and dirty water for far too long.
Close now to the site of the future well, the trucks maneuver backwards down a slope to their destination, and suddenly everyone is talking loudly. Everyone has an opinion on the right way to back a massive diesel truck into a small space between trees. The driver of the Drilling Rig, John, begins to sweat but he keeps his cool. He’s had to do this plenty of times before.
Jean also stays calm and although he is head driller, he doesn’t shout over the roaring chaos. Although he is not an expressive man, he knows how to communicate in the minimal amount of words and can crack a joke when the timing is right. His focus on the job is resolute, yet he leads his team with a clear kindness and a quiet guidance that attracts obedience.
Once the trucks are in position, the team gets to work. Yellow caution tape is placed around the site to keep the community at a safe distance, tools and pipes are moved in an assembly line from truck to ground. The conversations between the team are friendly but brief. It makes no difference who completes what task - each driller does just does what he needs to.
“I’m grateful for my team, we’ve been together almost eight years,” says Jean. "This is teamwork we can’t do alone so whatever we accomplish takes all of us."
The Ruwenzi community is now present almost in entirety, and the Living Water gives a brief introduction of the project followed by a short devotional. Although Living Water staff have already met and consulted with village leaders to plan for the new well, this is the community's first glimpse at Living Water’s mission and purpose, and this time means a lot to Jean. He enjoys hearing God’s word in every new community he works in.
"For each new day, we have a morning devotion where we get to hear God’s word. Then you go out into the community to start work and you pray, so you hear God’s word,” Jean says. " I could work somewhere and make money, but then I would only by feeding my physical body. With Living Water, I get to feed my spiritual heart so it’s a blessing."
As the day drags on, the community settles in to watch. Some rest under the shade of banana trees and others choose a spot where they have the best view. The kids continue to creep forward before they are kindly asked by the drill team to move to a safe distance. Time and again this happens, and yet their patience does not wane.
This same scene is repeated weekly as the team moves from village to village to drill wells. The shouting, the excitement, the failure to listen - none of this surprises the team yet they handle it with grace and kindness; faithful that their interactions today will set the tone for the future of clean water in a community.
The drill team understands the importance in treating each project as if it’s their first. In 2009, an estimated 50,000 water supply infrastructures were dysfunctional across Africa. Ownership by the local communities using a well is key to lowering this number. The drill team and the rest of Living Water staff know that if they begin by highly valuing their work, when they entrust the community with a quality, clean water source, the community is much more likely to treat it with the care necessary to keep the well functioning and sustainable.
Near the time of day when the heat finally makes peace with the earth, beginning it’s careful retreat for the night, water bursts from the ground where Jean and his team have worked tirelessly. They’ve reached water at a remarkably shallow 25 meters - even more reason to celebrate.
"When we hit water, I get my emotions from the people around. The way they shout and show joy makes me grateful to do this,” says Jean. "When you find water in a community, that’s when you begin to notice the change,” he says.
The noise and moisture on this day remind Jean and his team of just how deep and broad this change can reach. These men are not only providing the first step toward quenching a village’s physical thirst in a sustainable way, but they are also laying the foundation for the people they meet to find security in the good news of God’s love and grace.
However brief their interactions may be with village members, Jean and his team can rest well knowing their hard work and sleepless nights lay the groundwork for change in Ruhango villages.
Gardian Of The Well
As you approach the clean water well in Nyurukizi village, you'll see a tall, lean man wearing a puffy red vest. Surrounding the man and the well is a lush little garden full of blossoms and vibrant greens. You will observe him either mid-conversation with someone from the village - a bright, yellow jerrican in their hand; or by himself - stooped over the damp dirt surrounding the well as he picks up any small scraps deemed unworthy of that sacred space.
After Living Water drilled this well a couple of years before, the Nyurukizi chief appointed Karol to be its caretaker. His stern features do not match his soft voice nor the environment he has created around the well. The place is peaceful but not quiet - community members chat in an orderly line as they wait for their water, and school children giggle and laugh at each other before classes begin.
Before the well, the people of Nyurukizi had to gather water from a swamp located just across the street. People suffered from worms and had to walk to another village to collect clean water. It had been like this since Karol was a boy.
“I didn’t have hope for change - I didn’t even think of it,” he says.
The well has both transformed Karol’s community as well as Karol. In turn, this soft-spoken caretaker continues to play an active role in the deep-rooted transformation resulting from clean water in Nyurukizi.
“When I saw how clean the water was from the well, I knew I had to take care of it,” says Karol.
Karol arrives at the well between 5:30 and 6:00 am each morning. He tries to get there before people begin fetching water around 6:00 am. He stays at the well all day - rain or shine - until around 8:00 pm when he returns home for dinner. His family brings him lunch, and he says if he has to leave, he’ll have his son watch the well for him.
“It’s my responsibility so I have to be there,” he says.
Before this job, he had worked odd jobs in construction and security, desperately trying to make ends meet for his family of nine.
"Before there were times I would fail to get work or I would sometimes work and not get paid. Now, I am paid and I have a job,” Karol says.
Each month Karol uses his salary to invest in his wife’s veggie market business which in turn covers the bulk of his family’s expenses. Taking care of the well has also provided Karol with a platform to begin a landscaping business. The well is shrouded in the beautiful flowers and greenery Karol sells to help cover his kid’s school expenses.
Karol tells us people from other wells all over Ruhango come to visit him and ask him how he does his job - how he keeps the well so clean and orderly while also running a business on the side.
He’s honored that these people travel from far to ask for his advice.
"I feel proud of myself that I can do something tangible. I am happy that people want to learn from me."
Karol trusts in the worth of the well and in the worth of clean water because he has witnessed the distinct impact each has had in his own life. Living Water’s goal is to make this value clear for every well they drill - empowering everyone in Ruhango communities through programs and training in order that they too will care for their well just like Karol.
Karol is not the only person who deeply values water in Nyurukizi, either. The village water committee collects payment from around 100 different households for the use of the well. Community members pay 10 Rwandan Francs for each jerrican of water they fill up. At the end of every day, Karol delivers this money to the water committee treasurer who adds it to the group’s savings. Since the opening of the well, the committee has saved the equivalent of 400 USD. They’ve used these funds for small loans to community members in need, and will keep saving in order to pay for well repairs in the future if needed.
“If we don’t take care of the well, if it’s not a role model, it will cease to happen,” says Karol.
This guardian of the well - this man with a stern face and a beautiful longing to care for his neighbors and his family is just one example of the lasting impact clean water can have in a community. It’s Karol's small but consistent acts of responsibility that are making all the difference. To observe his willingness to defend his well, to work long hours and to stoop down for scraps of rubbage is to know that the need for clean water is real and the results of clean water are priceless.
The Responsible Leader
Narcisse walks over the dirt divisions separating the miles of rice fields just below his home in Nyamugari village. He waves to neighbors on his left and right at work in their own plots of rice, cuts south and shouts a few phrases of greeting to more neighbors, who laugh and wave back. No matter if he’s in the middle of a conversation or in the middle of milking his cow, Narcisse always has a smile on his face. He exudes joy in a way that can only cause someone to respect and sincerely like him.
As a local leader, Narcisse was thrilled to hear that Living Water’s 10 Day Campaign would be drilling a well near his home and in the heart of Nyamugari over a year ago. Narcisse has spent the past 10 years in various leadership positions for Nyamugari and surrounding villages. He earns his living farming bananas and rice with his wife and six kids. Narcisse worked hard to become a successful farmer in Ruhango, and now, feels a responsibility to help his neighbors.
“A good leader is someone who is willing to always help out,” he says. “Even if there is nothing in return, it’s what Jesus asks of us - to help those in need.”
Yet when it came to clean water, Narcisse didn’t have a solution.
A few years ago, the Rwandan government transformed unused swamp land into what is now Narcisse’ and his neighbor’s rice fields. The project provides stable income and work for many people in Nyamugari, but the drainage channels throughout the rice plantation took a toll on the quality of the village’s water supply. As a result of the rice plantation, the stream where everyone collected their water became even more congested and muddied.
Although frustrating, the benefits of the project still far outweighed the negative affects. A solution for clean water remained unattainable until Living Water and 10 Days Campaign stepped in to assist local leaders in identifying a place for a new well. They also began educating the community on the importance and value of clean water.
The drill team initially had some difficulties with the Nyamugari well. They stalled out on the way to the well site, and had to work hard to get the trucks working again. Narcisse said he was encouraged by the drill team’s dedication to the site and to the people in his village.
“I saw a lot of sacrifice from those people. They were using a lot of energy just to give water to a community.”
Since the well has opened, Narcisse has watched positive change take place in his community and even his own household.
"Our cows love the clean water. They get plenty of it, they are looking good and we don’t have to deworm them often anymore,” he says. “Having access to enough clean water is an amazing privilege."
In addition, Narcisse says water-related diseases have decreased, many people have implemented the hygiene and sanitation trainings lead by Living Water staff, and more conversations about faith and Jesus are taking place.
Although Narcisse knew Jesus before Living Water helped with the well, he was happy that the organization found it important for others to also know Him.
“When you know him, he becomes your role model and you learn how to do things according to his plan, Narcisse says.
Narcisse' immense talents and capabilities as a leader have allowed him to support his community and promote the importance of clean water as well as to encourage everyone involved in 10 Days Campaign.
"What you are doing is having tangible impacts,” he says. "Keep doing it - that’s what we’re required by our Creator. It’s something that can make the world a better place."
10 Days Campaign is thankful for the opportunity to join Narcisse as he continues to serve his neighbor - with smiles and greetings that only make the world a better place.
Preaching the Good News
Pastor Vincent’s voice booms across the one-room church building. The Ruhango community members sitting on wooden pews listen intently to this tall, broad man as he speaks - afraid to miss a word. But just as soon as the Pastor’s intensity builds, he cracks a wide smile followed by a deep, belly laugh, and everyone follows suit.
Pastor Vincent leads his church with strength and grace. He is an approachable yet powerful leader who believes wholeheartedly in loving his community through the good news of Jesus Christ.
Vincent has worked with Living Water for three years helping to train other pastors and community members in oral bible study. After attending numerous trainings himself, Vincent now holds quarterly trainings for churches in the Ruhango area with the help of Living Water staff.
In 2009, Living Water began training community partners and pastors in orality methods and strategies that involve the memorization and oral repetition of Bible stories. Thousands have been trained across the globe and are now training others through the Orality Training for Trainers program.
"It’s helped to know full bible stories. Someone may have a Bible but not know entire stories from it,” says Pastor Vincent. "By learning the bible through oral teaching, someone is able to grab a story by heart."
Because more than 70% of the world’s population are oral learners, the ability to recite bible stories both helps improve the accuracy of the stories shared as well as allows for those to hear the word to engage more fully. Vincent recognizes a clear difference in his congregation since they began orality training.
"They are now able to go out and evangelize,” he says.
Oral training provides church members from Pastor Vincent’s church, like Chriselina, the confidence to share their faith. A few years ago, Chriselina felt isolated and alone. Unable to read and write, she was not able to speak confidently about her beliefs to others.
“I felt I didn’t measure up,” she says.
Through Pastor Vincent and Living Water’s help, now Chriselina knows many bible stories by heart and spends time in her neighborhood telling other people about these stories.
“The gospel brings life and helps me accept life as it is,” Chriselina says.
For Pastor Vincent, spreading the gospel and access to clean water go hand in hand - God can use both to grow His kingdom. As much as clean water is needed for his community, he knows that the good news of Christ is needed too.
"Good news has to involve Christ,” says Vincent. “The gospel and clean water are for everyone.”
Vincent’s goal is to see Jesus glorified through both the physical and spiritual as he continues to partner with Living Water.
“I want to see people excel in their lives for Christ and see people become healthy so that they have peace and security.”
Hope for Clean Water
It’s midday when Philomene walks downhill on a narrow, dirt road toward the community stream five minutes from her home. She carries a jerrican on her head, and a basket under her left arm.
The water she fills her jerrican with is barely moving. It's a small, recycled trickle from communities upstream. In some places, this stream looks crystal clear and in others, dark and murky. Regardless of it’s color, however, this is water already bathed in, walked through and used in other ways. It’s anything but clean.
“This water has effects on us,” she says. "It causes worms, parasites and diaharrea.”
As the heat swells, Philomene tugs the heavy container onto her head and turns to climb back up the hill toward home. She passes through brief shade under the grove of banana trees, and walks across a few front lawns before reaching her home. The grassy green yard is dotted with manicured shrubbery. A walkway lined with flowers leads into her courtyard where Philomene wearily drops the carried liquid next to a short stack of dirty dishes.
She repeats this trip seven times each day in order to collect the water her family uses.
The walls of Philomene’s large, orderly sitting room are painted a bright turquoise and decorated with posters of past Miss Rwanda winners. A bike rests on top of bricks near the front door in order to keep the tires from popping. Everything here is well cared for.
“It brings me dignity to keep my house clean,” she says with a mischievous smile. Because it’s clean, I feel like anyone can come here."
This mother of five girls also understands the importance of clean water. She’s lived in the village of Ruwenzi since childhood and says the water has only become more contaminated over the years. Everyday, large trucks climb the windy roads to Ruwenzi to transport sand from the banks of the river to Kigali. Sand exportation is one of the chief means of business for communities in this area, but the constant traffic pollutes the main water source.
“Someone made a request for clean water to the local government administration on behalf of our community but we have waited in vain,” says Philomene. "At times you feel stuck with this water and you have to accept it.”
But accepting dirty water is difficult due to it’s correlating consequences. For years, Philomene has struggled with kidney disease. The illness often leaves her tired and unable to help her husband, Edouard, with their farming. Philomene knows to help with her illness, she needs to drink large quantities of water - but the lack of clean drinking water makes this extremely difficult. People in Ruwenzi must collect water from the stream and boil it before drinking - a process that takes time, a supply of firewood, and yields limited amounts of water.
Fortunately for Philomene, 10 Days Campaign's next well project is in the village of Ruwenzi and close to the community's original water source. Soon, Philomene will have enough clean water to not only clean and cook with, but also to drink without limit.
"Now we have hope that water is coming,” Philomene says.
The day of the drilling, Philomene walks down to watch the spectacle with her friends and family. She sits quietly by a tree near the road - watching intently but refraining from joining in on the oohs and ahhs from the rest of the crowd.
The drill team hits water and everyone cheers and shouts. Slowly, the crowd begins to disperse as the sun lowers above and the drillers pack up for the day. They will return later in the week to install the well’s pump and pour the cement foundation. Living Water staff have already organized and implemented a training on health and sanitation, and they will return in the coming months to monitor the community’s use and care for the well.
Philomene disappeared as quietly as she has arrived, but a few days later, she remembers her thoughts on the day of drilling.
“When I saw it, I felt like it was an end to the endemic of dirty water."
This 10 Days Well means the end to dirty water and hopefully, the end to days of nausea and fatigue for Philomene. She says she still wants to wait and see the clean water rush from the new well for herself before she’ll fully believe it. Until then, Philomene hopefully anticipates each of her future days will be good days.
“When I wake up alive and strong, I am able to work, and this makes me happy because I’m usually sick. l’m grateful and happy that my community now has water."
A Chief with Purpose
Sezibera walks down to well drilling site in Ruwenzi just as the crowd is growing. He stands out from the crowd in his bright yellow shirt and his straw fedora as he talks with neighbors. In the fourth of his five-year-term as village chief of Ruwenzi, Sezibera has been waiting for this moment.
Ruwenzi is a small and isolated Ruhango community located an hour and a half off any paved road. Residents have only one choice for a water source here - a stream that trickles down carrying the waste and use of other communities above it. A large stream sits just below the village, however, after years of continual sand mining from it banks, this stream is considered highly polluted by Ruwenzi residents.
Although requests had been made by Sezibera and others for water in the community, they knew realistically they might have to wait a long time before receiving help for a clean water source.
"In our community there are two things we really want. One is electricity and the other is water,” says Sezibera. We had made a plan for electricity, but we didn’t expect water. "
Lack of clean water has left Ruwenzi constantly battling water-related diseases and sometimes causes fights down at the stream as people struggle with each other over waiting in line to fill their jerricans. As a result, the 10 Days well that will soon provide Sezibera and the rest of his community with clean water came as a pleasant surprise.
“When Living Water first came, everyone was so excited,” says Sezibera. “The whole community is excited about it."
Sezibera is hopeful the new well will bring changes to his community. He believes it will help people get along better and give them more time for them to focus on their crops: in turn, increasing the revenue and well-being of everyone in Ruwenzi.
As Sezibera watches the progress of the drilling throughout the day, he says he is thankful for the opportunity to see the process and all of the dedication it requires.
"To be able to see there is water and the purpose of the project is of value and great worth to our community."
Soon this value will be translated into use in Ruwenzi. Sezibera is excited to help instill a sense of ownership for the well by helping to establish a payment plan. This will not only give value to the well, but will also help the community save funds in case of future repairs. As chief, Sezibera will continue to find ways to serve the needs of those around him.
“I am proud that water is coming," he says. "The community trusted me, so it’s my responsibility to care for them.”