Similar to the lack of access to dental care, access to safe, clean water is a daily struggle in Rwanda.
When leaders at His Hands On Africa learned where people in a village in the Bugesera District get water for drinking and cooking, they were shocked and voiced disbelief. Looking at the muddiness of the Nyabarongo River, it seemed inconceivable. To prove it true, a local Rwandan got up and drank huge gulps of water and said, ”Yes, this is the water we have to drink to survive”.
We knew we had to help. Water is the foundation of our bodies and health. Drinking clean water keeps mouths clean! Plaque can't build up in a clean, hydrated mouth. Acids from plaque, food, and beverages can harm tooth enamel, but drinking water dilutes acids to help protect teeth.
Our first water project at Nyarunazi village was completed in 2021, thanks to one of our amazing supporters who personally funded this life-giving project.
The sector office’s director thanked HHOA for this water station that now helps the vulnerable people of the community. Many Genocide survivors, orphans, widows, and elders live alone in this village, and carrying heavy water containers long distances daily was challenging, if not impossible. Now they have a water station where they go and buy water. Water sells for 3-5 cents per container and the money collected pays for a person to manage the water station, the water bill, and the maintenance of the facility. This allows the water station to be sustainable for many years, bringing clean water to thousands of people.
In 2022, we funded our second project in Rugazi located in the eastern Province. The water station serves 510 families or approximately 3070 people. During the opening ceremony, the villagers were so happy, they erupted in singing and clapping! Watch this incredible day!
We pray that as the people in the villages come for water to quench their thirst, they will also encounter Jesus, the living water... “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14