With great joy, the Gazelle Foundation announces the completion of three more water systems. The handover to local residents, which occurred August 21, means 3,800 more people have access to as much water as they need.
For perspective that's water for more people than the number of students enrolled at several Austin area high schools: Austin High School 2,262, Del Valle High School 3,003, Lake Travis High School 2,699, Vandegrift High School 2,257, Westlake High School 2,655.
Waterborne contaminants are the leading cause of death in Burundi. Providing clean drinking water saves and transforms lives. Access to the water delivered at each tap stand will be available to all people at no cost regardless of tribe or religion. Join us and transform lives today.
With the handover the Gazelle Foundation entrusts the entire water system to the local community, giving them ownership and stewardship of the water system.
Since 2009, the Gazelle Foundation has built water systems in Burundi efficiently and effectively. With our streamlined approach, we maximize our efforts and resources to provide tangible results that directly benefit the people of Burundi. Learn more about clean water projects we've built.
The Gazelle Foundation regularly and continuously receives updates, reviews milestones and conducts inspections throughout the entire construction process for accountability and to ensure that metrics for a project’s success are met before funding continues.
Three projects mean clean water for 3,800 people
Project 1: Kiziba-Rukoma WATER SYSTEM SERVES 1,300 People
Today, Kiziba-Rukoma, a 2.4-kilometer long water system in Songa Commune is complete. The project began in April 2018, and handover occurred in August 2018. 1,300 people now have regular access to as much clean water as they need, leaving men, women, and children time to focus on family, work or school.
The scope of work for Kiziba-Rukoma water system included building two collection chambers each supplied by a 0.3 liter-per-second source in Kiziba. Each collection chamber and its 5 cubic meter tank connect to a pipeline 2.4-kilometers in length. Four tap stands dispersed across 900 meters make water accessible throughout the community. The water system will significantly improve the population’s health and well-being.
For the people of Burundi water is life. Access to clean water means access to better health, stronger community, jobs, education and most of all: hope. Join us at Run For The Water, learn how the race transforms lives.
Project 2: Bumba-Kanyinya WATER SYSTEM SERVES 750 People
Today, the Bumba-Kanyinya water system brings clean water to approximately 750 men, women, and children in Tara Colline of the Songa commune of Burundi. The water project is composed of a collection chamber and a 5 cubic-meter storage tank that connects to nearly 1 mile of hand-trenched pipeline that carries water to three tap stands. The three tap stands are placed strategically throughout the community to reduce the distance to fetch water from 2 miles to 1/4 mile.
Construction of Bumba-Kanyinya water project began April 30, 2018, and was completed July 19, 2018.
Project 3: Taba-Henyera WATER SYSTEM SERVES 1,750 PEOPLE
Today, the Taba-Henyera system’s six tap stands provide a clean water source to approximately 1,750 people, and their livestock.
The water system includes two collection chambers, 3 kilometers of primary pipeline, and six tap stands over 1.1 kilometers of distribution pipeline. The first collection chamber at Gasenyi is supplied by two sources totaling in a 0.4 liters per second capacity, and the second chamber at Ryabitamo is provided by a single source with a 0.3 liters per seconds capacity. Each of the collection chambers supplies a 5-cubic-meter tank, one in the Taba sub-colline and the other in the Henyera sub-colline. The primary pipeline connects the sources to the collection tanks, with the distribution pipeline reaching six different taps throughout the area including a tap at the Emmanuel Church.
Completion of the Taba-Henyera water system meaningfully impacts the community by shortening the distance people travel, improving health by reducing waterborne illnesses, helping children stay healthy and focused on school as well as allowing for more family time.
Our donors, partners and supporters have dramatically improved the everyday lives of people in Burundi. In Texas, they are instilling the importance of volunteering and helping others through Run For The Water, Spring For The Water, Walk For The Water and the work of the Gazelle Foundation. Thank you.
For the people of Burundi water is life. Access to clean water means access to better health, stronger community, jobs, education and most of all: hope. Join us and transform lives today!