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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 Better Toilet, a Better Life

August 12, 2019

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 in her community would walk two hours each day for water. The sanitation situation was just as bad. Most latrines didn’t have roofs, so they…

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Water Gives Prosperity

August 12, 2019

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 for her family – they lived with various family members to get by. And without water in their village, life was difficult. For Didacienne and…

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Water Gives Education

August 12, 2019

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 education that could enable them to have a better future. This is not the case for the kids in Kisaro Sector in rural Rwanda. Schoolchildren…

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A Dream of Safe Water

August 12, 2019

“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 in the morning to go fetch water,” Lilian says. She and others in her community in Gicumbi District, Rwanda would lose hours each day walking…

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Meet Peter

August 9, 2019

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 collect water,” Peter explains. “We have to use flashlights so that we can see the way.” Peter, his wife, three sons, and two daughters walk…

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Water Gives Dreams

August 9, 2019

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 peaceful valley, surrounded by lush green hills. Students in their crisp yellow uniforms laugh as they meander through freshly painted corridors on their way to…

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There’s something extraordinary in the water

August 9, 2019

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 looked like a few years ago. A few years ago, her village didn’t have a safe water source. Growing up, Marie Louise never had the…

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