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Clean water means a better life

May 11, 2023

Growing up in the rural Rwamiko Sector, Gicumbi District in the Northern part of Rwanda, Theogene Ndayishimiye always struggled to access clean water. Every day, as a young boy, Theogene got up early morning and walked downhill to fetch water – dirty water from a stream that runs in the valley. He remembers missing classes…

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March 23, 2023

When she married ten years ago, Alphonsine Mukanoheri moved from her home village in the east of Rwanda to her new home in Rurembo Village, Gicumbi, a district in the north. As happy as she was to have married the love of her life, Alphonsine knew she would face one big challenge – accessing water.…

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Clean water means good health

March 22, 2023

Growing up in a remote, rural part of western Rwanda, Immaculée Mukamutesi, 47, always struggled to access clean water. Every morning, she says, women and girls got up early and walked long distances to fetch water in a valley downhill.  “It took us about an hour and a half to get to the water source,”…

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No regrets for investing in sanitation

January 6, 2023

It’s been five months since Valentine Uwamahoro says she first heard about the importance of constructing an improved latrine for her family. The USAID-funded Isoko y’Ubuzima project community mobilizers, together with the volunteers of “Twungurane Ibitekerezo,” a village savings and loan association (VSLA), visited her community to facilitate access to basic sanitation and hygiene services. …

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August 8, 2022

Jean De Dieu Bamwinegwire is a proud leader. When he speaks, his words are enlightened by the pride of seeing his neighbours able to access clean water just a few metres from their homes. In the village that he heads in Gicumbi District, North of Rwanda, people are happy that, after many decades, they now…

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August 30, 2019

For almost 20 years, Pierrine Bagwaneza struggled to cope with the pressure of finding water for her family. Every morning, she would wake up early in the morning and walk for over an hour in search of water – water that was dirty and unsafe for human consumption. On good days, Bagwaneza would be back…

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