USAID-Gikuriro Program has on June 18, 2020 inaugurated water and sanitation activities in Nyarugenge District to end hygiene related diseases and malnutrition.
Beneficiaries are the citizens and neighbouring schools including Cyahafi Groupe Scolaire.
Gloriose Uwamahoro one beneficial said that they used to struggle to get pure water closer to their locations, which could result in poor hygiene related diseases and delays of students to school.
She is one of the citizens who benefited from the facilities said “we used to fetch water from Nyabarongo valley, or in Rugendabare village which is far from our homes, and it delayed children to go to school, this water facility eased the journey to those areas and reduced the difficulties.
Gloriose Uwamahoro one beneficial one of USAID-Gikuriro Program || Photo The Express News
We got water to wash our body and clean homes’ equipment and we share this water with a neighboring village ‘Kavumu’, we thank the sponsor who gave us this water facility, the sun used to scorch on our heads while on the queue waiting to fetch far from our homes, we now have life. We plan to use this water to irrigate kitchen gardens, our children will be eating vegetables, the water will help us in construction activities,etc.” Uwamahoro said with a smile.
Immaculée Uwimana, Headteacher at Cyahafi Groupe Scolaire said that said that the facilities will help their students to follow lessons without difficulties.
“We have 2014 students of which 946 are girls, it was difficult for us to find where girls students could arrange their hygiene affairs, we thank Gikuriro project that today our girl children have good girls’ rooms, we used to have a poor room to cater for girls’ hygiene, they used to return home to arrange hygiene issues during their menstrual periods but now they finish everything here at school in the special girl’s room.” Uwimana said.
NGABONZIZA Emmy, Nyarugenge District’s Executive Administrator said that Gikuriro came to tackle many problems, including parents and children’s problems and without limiting at only parents and children life.
“It also embarked on girl children and on hygiene and sanitation as well as tackling the existing gap of shortage of pure drinking water, this is observed in our current budget activities, during this year’s budget activities, we have received different activities including water facilities to give water to our citizens in various corners of the district. We have received girl’s room; we have received a school and a kitchen garden at Groupe Scolaire Cyahafi to cater for problems facing Rwandan community among others,” Ngabonziza said.
He continued saying that the district has established clubs to further hygiene and sanitation activities as well as good nutrition in the district. He thanked Gikuriro project for initiating these programmes that will help Rwandan community to thrive social economic development and; he ensured that the district’s budget will continue to enforce that.
Dr Umurungi Serubibi Yvonne, Deputy Chief of Party at USAID-Gikuriro programme said: “Today in Gikuriro, we thought on inaugurating water activities by improving hygiene and sanitation in schools by coordinating hygiene and nutrition activities, girls room, students learnt agricultural activities which they implement in their homes, children are agents of change, you know, we need that all people get alerted on the fight against covisd-19, we have also inaugurated the bowl holes in Kigali sector to avail pure water to the citizens. They used to fetch water from Nyabarongo River but we need that they have pure water near their households. These are infrastructure based activities that are in the mandate of Gikuriro programme.”
Dr Umurungi Serubibi Yvonne, Deputy Chief of Party at USAID-Gikuriro programme Photo The Express News
She said that the programmes aims at fighting against hygiene-related diseases among the children.
Gikuriro project is a USAID-funded programme and works in eight (8) districts of Rwanda including Nyabihu which is among the districts suffered by malnutrition.
Gikuriro will soon in July 2020 handover all the activities to the district for future monitoring and evaluation activities.
Dr Umurungi requested the citizens to continue sustaining the gains of the programmes when the project ends in July 2020.
The Express News