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BURUNDI: Natural Spring Protection

Completed Project

Impact Assessment:

Overall Rating: Achieved 

Projected number of community members with access to clean drinking water: 11,611

Actual number of community members with access to clean drinking water: 11,636 


During the Burundian civil war, many of the existing water and sanitation infrastructure and facilities fell into disrepair. Although Burundi has abundant water resources, its supply of potable water is not adequate for the demand; neither are there sufficient sanitation services. The lack of access to clean water and sanitation services has significantly impacted Burundi. Especially hard hit are the women and girls who have to travel long distances to find clean water.

This project by the Anglican Diocese of Buye made significant progress in providing access to clean water and sanitation for 11,636 people. With access to clean water, the quality of people’s lives has improved and will continue to improve. The project established water committees that operate and maintain the protected water streams in Buye. Community elders and the local administration were fully involved in the implementation of the project and were eager to learn about the importance of hygiene and management of the water springs. There is also improved cooperation and partnership between the Diocese of Buye and the government in the provision of water and sanitation services in Ngozi and Kirundo provinces in North-central Burundi.

Also as a result of the project, a total of 7,546 people engaged with the Scriptures.

While the risks surrounding the project’s concept, leadership and financial control remain low, there are other risks that should be considered before future funding:


Despite abundant rainfall and water resources, the productivity of the springs continue to be affected by deforestation. While donor contributions to the water and sanitation sector are increasing, the country still needs a great deal of financial, managerial and technical assistance before it can meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Funding is also needed to provide the technical training needed to create a large pool of water and sanitation technicians.


Political stability has allowed the country to make progress in improving its water supply and sanitation services. Still, Burundi continues to face economic and civil unrest; any recurrence of violence could negate the successes made in the water and sanitation sector. This project has the potential to continue to improve the drinking water supply for many people. Clean water will save lives. Based on the importance of the task and the success the diocese has had, Global Scripture Impact recommends this project for future funding.

Read the complete Impact Assessment (PDF): ARDF-Burundi-Spring-Protection


Original Proposal:

CONTEXT: Repeated civil wars have made Burundi one of the five poorest countries in the world. Political corruption, no access to schools, and HIV/AIDS continue to present obstacles to development. The majority of the population survives on subsistence farming.

NEED: Civil war from 1993 to 2006 severely damaged Burundi’s water supply. The country’s water infrastructure produces just over half of what it produced at the beginning of the war. Clean water is especially hard to get in rural areas. More than half of residents rely on sources such as lakes, rivers and swamps for their water, which is often contaminated by bacteria and parasites.

SOLUTION: The Anglican Diocese of Buye in partnership with ARDF will construct protection for 30 natural water springs in Burundi’s Kirundo province. The springs will provide reliable drinking water and reduce incidences of waterborne diseases. The project will also create outreach and discipleship opportunities for the Diocese of Buye.

Lives Impacted: 18,951 

Funds Needed: $39,416 

Read the Full Report: ARDF-Clean Water-Burundi

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