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BURUNDI: Diocese Protects Clean Springs in Rural Areas

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Project Overview

Education gives vulnerable girls an opportunity to improve their lives 

Timeline: 1 year

Anticipated Lives Impacted: 26,430

Total Amount Requested: $55,877

In their own words:

“It is with great pleasure that I see Christians from the parish of Ruyenzi getting clean water from the spring constructed by the Diocese of Buye. Praise the Lord! I pray that the same activity will be extended to other parishes in order to improve the health of God’s people. I really testify that the Lord’s name is glorified and the church in my parish is growing through this water project. Generally, in the community, people’s health has improved a lot compared to the past when they used unclean water.” — The Rev. Papias Masengesho, pastor of Ruyenzi parish


Political and social instability, brought on by 13 years of civil war, damaged the infrastructure of Burundi. Although it is eight years since the war ended, the Burundi has not recovered, suffering high rates of poverty and HIV/AIDS.


The government of Burundi is making efforts to improve its infrastructure, including providing people access to clean water, but this service has not yet reached rural areas of the country. People living in rural areas are desperate for clean water to avoid diseases such as bilharzia (also known as schistosomiasis), diarrhea and dysentery, as well as large medical bills incurred as a result of these sicknesses.


The Anglican Diocese of Buye will construct protection for 42 natural water springs in Ngozi District, in Northern Burundi. The springs will provide a reliable source of clean drinking water and reduce incidences of waterborne diseases. The project will also create outreach and discipleship opportunities for the Diocese of Buye.

Life Impact

This project benefits 26,430 people, some through multiple impacts:

  • 210 community members will be empowered by serving on water committees and training others on proper hygiene
  • 1,870 people will engage with God’s Word when they attend weekly Bible studies
  • 3,200 people will be empowered to serve those in need through the church, including visiting and praying for the sick and taking part in development activities, such as constructing or renovating churches
  • 5,390 people will engage with the Gospel when they attend church, Sunday school or sing in the choir
  • 4,200 people will be empowered by participating in the construction and maintenance of protected natural water springs
  • 26,430 people will gain reliable access to safe drinking water provided through 42 rehabilitated and protected natural water springs

Project Design

The Anglican Diocese of Buye will rehabilitate and protect 42 natural water springs, which will supply clean water to the parishes of Gatukuza, Gashikanwa, Kabataha, Mubanga, Rusengo, Kigufi, and Giheta – all in Ngozi district. The average distance between springs is about nine miles.

Local communities will elect 42 water committees made up of at least five people per committee, for a total of 210 people serving on the committees. The committees will recruit volunteers to help with the construction and maintenance of the springs. Volunteers will receive maintenance training to help ensure the water is distributed fairly and remains sustainable. It is expected that each well will be constructed and maintained by at least 100 committed volunteers, for a total of 4,200 people participating in the construction and maintenance of the wells. Each committee will select two people to attend training on how to keep the wells clean and they will also learn the basics on hygiene. Upon completion of the training, they will educate residents on proper hygiene practices to reduce waterborne infections and prevent contamination.

The diocese will distribute construction materials to the sites. The diocese’s technical adviser will oversee construction, which will take one month for each spring. Upon completion, the technician will send water samples to the government testing laboratory. Once the water is deemed safe, the diocese will hold a commissioning and prayer service at each spring location.

The number of people expected to be served by this project is 26,430. The protection of these wells will help reduce waterborne diseases. Also, with the hygiene education, people in the community will be able to practice better hygiene and reduce incidences of illness.

A total of 26 Anglican churches from seven parishes are participating in the project, showing people that the Church cares for them and encouraging them to attend church services. It will impact at least 10,460 people spiritually, including 5,390 people who join in church services, Sunday school or choir; 1,870 people who consistently participate in weekly Bible Studies; and 3,200 people who participate in church social and development activities.

Measuring impact: The Anglican Diocese of Buye will track the number of children and adults who report to clinics with waterborne diseases. It will also track attendance numbers for its church services, Sunday school and choir programs, Bible study groups, and church social and development activities.

Project Budget

Labor 1: (Funding provided locally: $14,000)

Cement: $10,920

Water technician salary 2$9,800

Sand and gravel 2$7,000

Research and evaluation: $5,987

Training of committee members 3$4,480

Bricks (200,000): $4,133

Polythene paper and pipe: $3,920

Construction steel (350 pieces): $3,617

Monitoring and evaluation 4$3,220

Transportation 5$2,800

Stones: $2,800

Total: $55,877 (Additional funding provided locally: $16,800)

reflects donated labor

2 includes 42 trucks of sand and 42 trucks of gravel
3 includes meals and transport costs for training 84 people
4 includes 42 visits to protected springs by the program staff
5 includes the transportation of construction materials to the sites

Risk Analysis

Low: 1, Low/Medium: 2, Medium: 3, Medium/High: 4, High: 5

Concept: Risk Level 1

The government and private sectors have made efforts to ensure the people of Burundi have access to clean drinking water, but there is more work to be done, especially in rural areas. The project supplements the efforts of others to help ensure all have access to safe water.

Program Design and Experience: Risk Level 2

The Diocese of Buye has successfully implemented several water supply improvement projects and other development programs. The staff has the necessary qualifications to carry out this project and it has the support of the local community, local government officials and the diocese’s bishop. However, local communities have to learn skills and take ownership for any long-term impact.

Leadership: Risk Level 2

Project leadership has the experience needed to manage this project. The development officer has specific experience in implementation, monitoring and evaluation. However, the success of this project is highly dependent on the capability of the water committees to pass on the information learned about basic hygiene.

Financial Control: Risk Level 3

The Anglican Diocese of Buye has stable management and secure financial transfer methods. It lacks independent governance, as the board are all members of the Anglican Church. It also lacks externally audited financial statements.

Sustainability: Risk Level 1

The project has strong community endorsement and once the water committee people are trained and the construction has taken place, there is no need for further funding to run the project.

External: Risk Level 2

Burundi has many natural water resources, but it remains one of the poorest countries in world and it has yet to recover from the devastating effects of civil war. HIV/AIDS, high population growth rate and rural poverty continue to compound the problems in this country.

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