Population: 12.21 million1
Rural access to basic water services: 53%2
Rural access to basic sanitation services: 70%3
Water For People in Rwanda
Rwanda is a small, landlocked country in east-central Africa and has one of the densest populations on the continent. Water For People’s work began in Rwanda in 2008, and in 2010 we conceptualized and launched the Everyone Forever model in Rwanda’s Rulindo District.
Helping Rwandans bring water, sanitation, and hygiene to their communities
Water For People is promoting piped water systems throughout the three districts where we are implementing the Everyone Forever model. Government partners co-invest resources alongside us, which helps create local ownership of these systems. Water For People is also training both district staff and water system operators to manage and maintain the infrastructure.
The market-based sanitation approach we take in Rwanda means we invest in local businesses to help solve sanitation problems. This includes training and supporting pit emptying technologies and entrepreneurs, as well as helping start treatment plants that turn the collected waste into reusable products, such as fertilizer. Water For People is also supporting local community hygiene and sanitation clubs that promote and finance safe sanitation practices throughout villages.
SCHOOLS AND HYGIENE
Water For People helps construct better water and sanitation facilities in schools, including separate toilet blocks for girls and boys and menstrual hygiene resources for girls. Student-led hygiene committees promote safe water, sanitation, and hygiene practices such as handwashing and keeping toilet blocks clean. Many schools use ecological toilet blocks that produce compost that is reused on school gardens or local farms.
Everyone Forever Districts
Gicumbi is a rural district, and its steep hills and valleys make construction and operation of water systems very resource-intensive. Most families living in Gicumbi are farmers.
Rulindo is a rural district in northern Rwanda. The majority of the people living in this hilly district are farmers. Rulindo was the first district globally to implement the Everyone Forever model.
Kicukiro is one of only a few urban districts where Water For People works, and it is located next to Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali.