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Transforming Hygiene and Sanitation practices in her community

February 21, 2024

This is an inspiring story of Emilienne Ahobantegeye, a community member in Kirehe District, Musaza Sector, Rwanda, who made significant investments in improving hygiene and sanitation at the household level. Through her dedication and hard work, she has not only improved her own life but has also become a leading advocate, driving a positive change…

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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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A DROP OF OPPORTUNITY

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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Access to basic sanitation:  Inclusively overcoming the challenges 

January 6, 2023

Thousands of rural households in Rwanda still lack access to sanitation and hygiene services. and for people living with disabilities, the lack of access to hygiene and sanitation services and products is even more complex. Rwanda aims to reach universal access to basic sanitation and hygiene services by 2024 and safely managed by 2030; presently,…

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Kayonza community urged to support people with disabilities

January 6, 2023

People with disabilities are the most vulnerable to poor hygiene, lack of relevant sanitary equipment, access to clean water, and lack of support by the community to improve their hygiene, Jean Damascene Harerimana, the Kayonza District vice mayor in charge of social affairs said. Harerimana urged the community in Kayonza District to embrace and enhance…

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A LEADER’S DREAM FOR CLEAN WATER

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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“Our clothes had lost their original colors”

October 11, 2019

Josephine Nibamuhoze, a 40 year’s old mother who lives in Mbabe Cell, Masaka Sector of Kicukiro District, still remembers the days when she would come from farming hungry and instead of going to cook, she would instead pick a jerrycan and head downhill to collect water. On other days, she had to wake up as…

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SAFE WATER CREATES WEALTH

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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