Throughout the next few weeks we’ll be sharing stories from Rwanda. These are real people whose lives have been changed because of clean water.
Narcisse walks over the dirt divisions separating the miles of rice fields just below his home in Nyamugari village. He waves to neighbors at work in their own plots of rice, cuts south and shouts greetings to more neighbors who laugh and wave back. Whether he’s in the middle of a conversation or milking his cow, Narcisse always has a smile on his face.
Narcisse has spent the past 10 years in various leadership positions for Nyamugari and the surrounding villages. He earns his living farming bananas and rice with his wife and six kids. Narcisse worked hard to become a successful farmer in Ruhango, and now feels a responsibility to help his neighbors.
“A good leader is someone who is willing to always help out,” he says. “Even if there is nothing in return, it’s what Jesus asks of us—to help those in need.”
But when it came to clean water, Narcisse didn’t have a solution.
A few years ago, the Rwandan government transformed unused swampland into rice fields. The project provides stable income for many people in Nyamugari, but the drainage channels throughout the rice plantation took a toll on the quality of the village’s water supply. As a result, the stream where everyone collected their water became even more congested and muddied.
Although frustrating, the benefits of the project still outweighed the negative affects.…