After just 16 weeks the Gahanda-Rwego Water Project is complete and bringing clean water to 2,750 kids, grandparents, and families.
People using this water system are immediately healthier, because sanitation and hygiene are boosted, and risk of water-borne infectious diseases are reduced. Rather than spending hours collecting water, kids get more time to attend school. And people can work and earn money.
The combination of health, income and education begin to reverse a cycle of poverty. Access to clean water creates new opportunities and changes the trajectory of every person in the community. That’s what we mean when we say clean water transforms lives. 16 weeks of work by local contractors in Burundi and the support of people just like you made this water project a reality.
The Gahanda-Rwego project is one of nine projects completed by the Gazelle Foundation in 2018. Located in Rwega Colline of Songa commune, the project finished on time and on budget. We are thankful to our many supporters. To become a monthly donor or to make a one-time donation click here.
The system consists of two 10 cubic-meter tanks and two 5 cubic-meter tanks that connect to and distribute clean water over 5.5 kilometers to eleven tap stands that residents can access at any time.
While many Americans take access to clean water for granted, for the people of Burundi, it’s a matter of life and death. In Burundi the number one cause of death is water-borne illnesses such as typhoid, diarrhea, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis. Water systems like the project pictured here helps to tackle this problem.
The Gazelle Foundation is able to make a positive impact on the everyday lives of Burundians by working closely with them to complete clean water projects one village at a time.
The foundation raises money for water projects throughout the year and leads educational projects on the importance of clean water.