Rwanda has a population of nearly 12 million people – 60% of which are living below the poverty line of $1.90 per day. Only 62% of the population have access to basic sanitation services.
Thanks to this programme, a new tap stand in Beatrice’s community in Rwanda was installed, so villagers no longer have to walk to open water sources and collect dirty water. Beatrice says:
“Children now go to school regularly, without absenteeism and delays, like it was when they had to go and fetch water before and after school”.
Beatrice used the time she saved to learn to weave baskets and mats which she now sells to generate additional income for her family.
We are supporting a life-changing partnership between local government, communities and utility companies to deliver a piped water system into the entire districts of Rulindo and Kicukiro.
This means families can access affordable, safe water on their doorsteps at community tap stands served by local pumping stations.
In 2017, we reached 67 communities, connected 6 schools to a piped water system and improved toilets in 124 households.
As well as providing schools with clean water supplies, we built hygienic toilet blocks with the facilities and privacy to ensure girls continue attending school during menstruation.