The district of Rubavu, Rwanda

BACKGROUND

When Simon Pierre started, the district had two churches; now the district has over 50 churches. He has taken his district from phase one to phase two, and is working on other goals, including an emphasis on discipling leaders. For eight years, Simon Pierre has also been the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries coordinator in Rwanda. Simon and his wife Caritas then created the Ndengera Center, which is the Kinyarwanda imperative meaning “help me”. The organization, which is part of the church and has 24 case manager volunteers from the congregation, is designed to help the community in general, with a focus on ministering to the widows and orphans, not just from an emotional level, but from a practical level.

“We are doing what we do because Caritas forgave those who wanted to kill her,” Simon Pierre adds. “And because James tells us don’t just have faith, but have faith and action. Do something to respond to the needs.”

They currently collect rain water from the roofs, as there water source. Simon assigned the head school teacher (Patrick) and the head mechanics teacher (Revelier) to head-up the well building effort.

Facts

Project location: Rwanda

Team: Jennifer A.S. Hickenbottom

Partner: Nazarene Missions International – Nampa Team with Simon Pierre Rwaramba

Dates: March. 3 – March 19, 2014

Cost: Approximately $375 USD (with exchange rate of ~675 RF = $1.00 USD)

Projects in this region

We fist attempted to dig at the orphanage, but it was located too close to the volcano, thus extremely rocky. We were able to dig through the rock, but were unable to scoop out the rocks, therefore we couldn’t use that borehole. So, we moved to a companion church site that is also overseen by the Rwarambas. The soil here was much less rocky.We ended up digging 3 boreholes (the first site was way too rocky, the second borehole got filled up with rocks by the village children) with the third borehole being a success.

We ended up using all 16 extensions, digging down 16 meters+ and then casing the well. Supplies were available in the nearby city of Gisenyi; while not a lot of options, they did have the basics and enough for us to work with. The well ended up having a low recharge rate, and explained to the locals that they should get more extension made so that they can dig deeper. They sent an example to the local shop, and they seem to think that they can get more extensions made. We built and installed a simple Canzee pump out of PVC. In the end we were able to install a working, simple pump that the women and children were are able to use.

We were surprised at the type of soil we found here. We expected the water table to be much shallower. The soil here had lots of hard clay. It is also somewhat expensive here for resources, costing approximately $375 to dig, build, and establish a pump and well system. But, the items we bought were some of the best supplies that I have found in Africa. The PVC was very thick and strong, and of high quality.

With Patrick and Revelier being permanent fixtures there, I truly believe that more pumps will be built.

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The district of Rubavu, Rwanda 2014

We built and installed a simple Canzee pump out of PVC. In the end we were able to install a working, simple pump that the women and children were are able to use. We were surprised at the type of soil we found here. We expected the water table to be much shallower. The soil here had lots of hard clay. It is also somewhat expensive here for resources, costing approximately $375 to dig, build, and establish a pump and well system. But, the items we bought were some of the best supplies that I have found in Africa. The PVC was very thick and strong, and of high quality. With Patrick and Revelier being permanent fixtures there, I truly believe that more pumps will be built.