we believe in a world where everyone has safe drinking water, forever
In 2008, Water For People opened its office in Kigali, and has since been working with partners to implement water, sanitation and hygiene programs. By also supporting local institutions, Water For People is promoting sustainable access to these services.
We're helping people in the districts of Kicukiro, Rulindo, and Gicumbi bring these clean water and sanitation solutions to their communities for generations to come.
this is everyone forever
Our sustainable approach ensures that reliable and lasting water and sanitation services are brought to every family, school, and health clinic in the districts where we work. We partner with local governments, businesses, and individuals, providing the training, tools, and support they need to bring clean water and sanitation systems to their own communities. Then we ensure they have the resources and knowledge they need to maintain those systems for generations to come.
We call this impact model Everyone Forever, or here in Rwanda, the District Wide Approach.
The Rulindo Challenge Program
In 2010, a partnership between the district of Rulindo, the Ministry of Infrastructure, and Water For People launched the Rulindo Challenge - an ambitious plan to bring full water and sanitation coverage to Rulindo. At that point, only 29% of the district had clean water access.
Today, the district has 100% coverage of water infrastructure. Today's Rulindo demonstrates a journey of deep transformation that concludes access to water, improved sanitation, and better health.
More information about these celebrations coming soon.
the faces of our work
A Better Toilet, a Better Life
Folomina’s face lights up when she talks about her toilet. Two years ago, the state of water and sanitation in Folomina’s village was dire. She and the other 20 families…
Water Gives Prosperity
Didacienne had five children and no home of her own. Her husband died nearly 25 years ago in the Rwandan genocide, and after that she had few options to provide…
Water Gives Education
When communities don’t have access to water, children have to spend hours every day fetching water. In many cases this causes them to miss school and miss out on an…
A Dream of Safe Water
"It was like a dream to us," says Lilian. She says the people in her community never thought they would have safe water. "We used to wake up very early…
Peter and his five children are waiting on safe water. "We wake up in the morning around four o’clock, because the first thing we do as the whole family is…
Water Gives Dreams
When water arrived at Binaga School in the remote countryside of Rwanda, it gave students the future. It provided the foundation for them to dream. The school sits in a…
There’s something extraordinary in the water
Sweetly sleeping, two-year-old Solange lays contentedly in her mom’s arms. Marie Louise’s other children are at school. This scene, almost serene, feels very different from what Marie Louise says life…
The Impact of Saved Time
Beatrice and her neighbors have an acute understanding of the value of time. Three years ago, women and children in her community of Ngoma in Rulindo District, Rwanda, were losing…