29 January 2013

Rwanda: Rukara Citizens Get Clean Water

World Vision Rwanda Yesterday officially handed over the extension of works of Cyatokwe water supply system to Kayonza district community. WVR has supported the extension of the water supply to the community of Rwimishinya cell, Rukara sector in Kayonza (Eastern Province) which didn't enjoy access to safe and clean water previously.

According to World Vision Rwanda's integrated Programs Director Russell Dlamini, 5,026 people will benefit from this service and the length of the pipeline constructed is 14 km. Sixteen water points with 32 water taps and one distribution reservoir of 100 m3 have also been constructed as part of the network.

This is the extension of Cyatokwe water supply system supplies clean water to seven villages of Rukara sector. The whole project was funded by World Vision through its program 'Ubuzima Wash program" with Frw 142 million. The idea came from an assessment of Rukara sector's priority needs done by WVR, from which the decision of rapidly addressing water related issues in the sector was taken.

"This fits in WVR's mission of improving the grass-roots community's livelihoods through sanitation and hygiene," said Russell.

According to John Mugabo, the mayor of Kayonza district, this is a great help for the Rukara sector's community that used to walk an estimated distance of over 10 km to fetch water in Kayongo marshland. "This water supply system will significantly transform the lives of Rukara citizens. They will no longer have to spend much of their times going to nearest marshlands and rivers," said Mugabo who requested the citizens to make good of the clean water they got, and make sure that it lasts for long. "We hope that no more kids from this sector will miss classes due to the long walk. You have water in 20 meters from your homes, let your kids be at school at time, drink clean water and be yourselves clean. Water is life, now I can say that Rukara citizens' lives are safer as anytime before."

38 year-old Agnes Nyinawumuntu, a citizen of Rukara sector said that getting water closer to them was more than a miracle. "Since my childhood, I used to believe that walking a long distance to fetch water is normal. I never believed in having clean water as closer as this," said the young woman who further added that having water far away was posing a challenge to most of the citizens wanted to start businesses locally but couldn't afford to get door closer due to poor hygiene. "I wanted to start a bar but hesitated due to how I would have done to keep used items clean. I had to chose to use the marshland water which is even not as clean as 'real' water," Nyinawumuntu told The Rwanda Focus.

EWSA's Deputy DG in charge of water and sanitation James Sano told Rukara citizens that EWSA will help to extend WVR works to the surrounding sectors. "We contribute to extend this water supply system. WVR has shown us that it possible to get water closer in these places, where water is fetched from long distances. We are going to work on it, and see how we can make other neighboring communities who didn't get this chance, enjoy clean water also," said EWSA's DDG who was the chief guest.

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