Sunday, 22 January 2012


As of yesterday, we have RUNNING water in Nyamirama.
In two weeks it will be a year that we dug the well.
We then waited almost 9 months for electricty poles... none were available in the country... and then the electricity to be installed... and then the pump was  hooked up yesterday.


Serge, the kids, Maddy and I took a trip to check it out for ourselves today. The following pics share our momentous day with you - history.

Nyamirama is a sector / township of almost 6000 households. We can't supply water to them all but we can for the closest communities to our land.

Where they used to collect water...
More than an hour walk from their home
and definitely NOT clean!
Serge and Kids standing on the well

Line of jerry cans
They used to walk over 1 hour for water.
Now it's just around the corner for many of them

John waiting for the first water
He was the first in line and had come to put
his jerry cans in line early morning.
We learned this... his wife always has got the water
as he had no time. She aborted a child because of it.
Now he can get the water ...
He was praising God for us and promises to give back

Beni with some friends

This kid - forget his name - is 14 years old.
He is hauling 100 litres of water for his family
and their grinding business.
We are currently giving the water for free.
We don't know exactly what it will be in the future.
In the meantime, they save 50 RWF / jerry can.
8 cents might not seem like much to most of us
but it's the difference of food, school fees, clothes
for the family, etc...
Resting... looks about Beni's age

... then off again towards home
The scene ... such a lovely one!


Mike Goerz said...

This is AMAZING!!!
I'm so happy for everyone there... Most of who I recognize still in the pics :)

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! So glad to see those kids in the photos! This is such a needed addition to the area. Love those people (and you guys too:) )


cochrane said...

Great story, Jen. Such a practical gift to other people God loves.

Thank you for all you do.


Bryce said...

That's amazing!