About Rwanda

Friendly Water for the World’s partner God in Us-Africa has been building a robust BioSand Water Filter network, radiating out from its headquarters in Gisenyi, Rwanda. They started by training a group of HIV-positive widows, by which they could ensure their own safe drinking, as well as earn much needed income. Word of the miracle of clean water spread, and soon local governments were coming to God in Us-Africa to ask them to train unemployed youth, and set up new groups, complete with business plans. In less than a year, there are now eleven fully functioning groups fabricating and selling BioSand Filters. The groups have names such as Unity, Vision of Life, Drink Clean Water, and Amahoro (“Peace” in Kinyarwanda). More than 600 Filters have already been sold, and the groups are doing demonstrations at fairs and in government offices. Plans are now being made to expand into “Friendly Water Soap” and in training youth to build ferro-cement rainwater catchment systems.

Since starting only 19 months ago, God in Us-Africa, a group of only four people under the leadership of Niyetegeka Patient, has facilitated the building, sale, and installation of SEVEN THOUSAND BioSand Filters. Counting the orphanages, schools, and government buildings who now have BioSand Filters, more than 100,000 people newly have access to clean and safe water. Waterborne diseases are disappearing among those with access, child mortality has been reduced, people with HIV are living longer.

There are now 31 groups that have been trained, with hundreds of participants. Many of them – widows, women with HIV, unemployed youth – are now earning more than enough income for their families, and have even started their own community philanthropic endeavors – buying health insurance for kids, shoes for children entering school for the first time, goats for poor families.

For me, the best part is how this is spreading. After being provided with BioSand Filters by a widow's group, and with their health massively improved, a group of 20 women with HIV stepped forward and asked to be trained so that they, in turn, could build yet more Filters for 68 families with HIV, with no pay for themselves (pictures attached). I think Patient and his team may have sparked a movement! 


 

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Project Name:  Butuka

Location:  Rwanda
68 BioSand water filters will be provided to 68 families living with HIV. The project is part of our Building New Lives Campaign designated to working with people with HIV and helping them get back on their feet, and be an active and productive part of their communities.
Status:  Active

Start Date:  April 29, 2016
End Date:  May 18, 2016

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Project Name:  Ngororero

Location:  Rwanda

This BSF training project will help 8 youth groups to be trained on the making and maintaining of BioSand Water Filter, develop a knowledge of hygiene and sanitation, and how to build a sustainable, and business like BSF operation. The project is in collaboration with God in Us Africa.

 

 

Status:  Active

Start Date:  April 29, 2016
End Date:  April 28, 2016

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Project Name:  Rutsiro District

Location:  Rwanda

A BSF training project of 7 groups in Rutsiro District. The project is in collaboration with the local authorities.

 

Status:  Completed

Start Date:  February 10, 2016
End Date:  March 1, 2016

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Project Name:  Gisenyi

Location:  Rwanda
Ihumure is a group led by peace activist Augustin Habimana. The group's directive is to work with those traumatized to promote peace unity and forgiveness in communities. In this case 25 participants suffering from HIV/Aids were trained in the construction and implementation of a biosand water filter program including sanitation and hygiene at total cost to Friendly Water for the World of $2296. This amount included: trainers, steel molds, manuals, a tool kit and startup materials. The expected outcome is that this group will help the community suffering from opportunistic water borne diseases while earning a small income. In this manner, these individuals will be no longer ostracized, but accepted back into their communities.
Status:  Active

Start Date:  June 10, 2016
End Date:  August 8, 2016

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Project Name:  Musenze

Location:  Rwanda
BioSand Water filter training for 8 youth groups from 2 districts in Rwanda.
Status:  Active

Start Date:  March 7, 2016
End Date:  March 2, 2016

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Project Name:  Rubavu

Location:  Rwanda
This card fund project will provide 55 BioSand water filters to 55 HIV families. A BioSand filter/clean drinking water, coupled with the appropriate medication is a life changing turnout for these families.
Status:  Active

Start Date:  March 2, 2016
End Date:  March 2, 2016

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