Rwanda Safe Water Project

Rehabilitation of Water Wells


The project maintains water wells and the necessary infrastructures to ensure clean water is readily available, reducing the need to use inefficient fires to purify water.

Nyagatare in northeastern Rwanda experiences high temperatures and low precipitation, resulting in periodic droughts. Soil erosion exacerbates water loss, and the region’s river network has low water levels, posing challenges for both humans and animals in meeting their water needs. 

Before the development of this project, the population relied on open ponds and streams for water, necessitating time-consuming trips and exposing them to bacterial contamination. Boiling the water was necessary before use. Cooking was done on inefficient three-stone fires, leading to high CO2 emissions and health issues like pulmonary disease and itchy eyes. Over the past 20 years, the Rwandan government and NGOs constructed community boreholes to provide clean drinking water, but inadequate maintenance programs, poor management, and high costs have hindered their effectiveness.

The Nyagatare Safe Water Project is a major step forward for the people living in this region, by rehabilitating broken water wells. Through this project, each borehole supplies fresh and clean drinking water to over 100 families, impacting positively on health and the environment.

Project Status:

GS Registered



Project Type:

Energy Efficiency – Domestic

Estimated Annual Emissions Reductions

120,000 tonnes CO2

Crediting Period Term

May 16, 2017 ― May 15, 2024

Indigenous/Local Impact:

Clean water for over 100 families

Climate Benefits and Community Impact

In addition to the clean water provision, this project also aims to reduce GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions from the use of emissions intensive sources such as the burning of non-renewable biomass for cooking and water treatment.

Benefits to the environment and communities include:


Contributes to the protection of biodiversity hot spots such as the Akagera National Park.


Avoiding the use of the 3-stone-fire for water purification results in less smoke and leads to significantly smoke irritations causing red-eye complications and lung diseases.


Establishing and maintaining a safe water supply infrastructure.


Reducing CO2: 10.000 tons per VPA through the optimized water gathering process.


Each borehole supplies around 2.5 million liters of water per year, equal to 1 Olympic swimming pool.


Reducing the cost of firewood saves families money enabling households to buy livestock and support children with their education and school supplies.


Verification: This project is verified by the Gold Standard

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The protection of this project helps participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

GOAL 13: Climate Action

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals

GOAL 7: Affordable & Clean Energy



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He previously was Head of Product at Earthshot Labs, supporting nature conservation and restoration projects across the global south secure project finance. Prior to Earthshot Labs, Eric led nature-based carbon project development for Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique and founded the Carbon Cooperative, a global alliance of leading nature conservation and restoration practitioners exploring carbon finance. After serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique out of university, he spent much of his 20s working in community-based conservation and ecosystem restoration efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa interspersed with two startup ventures as co-founder and CEO of a mental health tech startup and COO of a sustainable coffee company. Eric has a dual Masters in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Policy from Stanford University where he was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University.

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Alan is Founder of Generation Blue, a venture studio dedicated to planetary game changers powered by exponential technologies. Previously, Alan established Natural Capital Markets at Lykke AG, pioneering blockchain based forestry and carbon backed tokens. Alan has over two decades of risk management experience advising global financial institutions, and was a founding member of the RiskMetrics Group, a JPMorgan spin-off. Alan is an investor and advisor to regenerative impact ventures, including TreeBuddy.Earth, Regenativ, and Vlinder Climate.

Lori Whitecalf made history when she became the first woman to be elected Chief of Sweetgrass First Nation in 2011. She served three terms of office from 2011-2017.  

Lori took a two-year hiatus from leadership to expand the family ranch and serve as the FSIN Senior Industry Liaison. She was re-elected on November 29. 2019 and again on November 30, 2021, as Chief of Sweetgrass. Chief Whitecalf practises a traditional lifestyle of hunting, fishing and gathering. She currently sits on the following boards: Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology, FSIN Lands and Resource Commission, Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre and Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs Executive Council, FSIN Women’s Commission.

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She continues as a Board Member with Beaver River Community Futures supporting small business development in her home region. Tina brings a wealth of experience in a variety of fields and many connections to the Indigenous communities of Northern Saskatchewan. In addition Tina holds a BA Advanced from the U of S, a Certificate in Local Government Authority from the U of R and is certified as a Professional Economic Developer for Saskatchewan and a certified Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED).

Tootoosis’ career spans 40+ years in HRM, political leadership, and Indigenous economic development, as a dedicated bridge builder and advocate for Indigenous causes.
As a key member of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) team since 2021, he develops strategies for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report and Call to Action #92.

He is a graduate of the First Nations University of Canada and a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer. Spearheading various community initiatives while serving as a Chair of the SIEDN while directing ILDII and WIBF. Founder of MGT Consulting Tootoosis is based in Saskatoon, Treaty Six Territory.

Cy Standing (Wakanya Najin in Dakota) has a long and distinguished career including serving overseas as an Electronics Technician in the Royal Canadian Air Force, former Chief of Wahpeton Dakota Nation, former Vice Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations (FSIN), past Executive Director of Community Development Branch of the Department of Northern Saskatchewan as well as an Order in Council appointment to the Federal Parole Board.  

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