Safe Water for Nyarugunga

Safe Water for Nyarugunga

In Western countries we take water for granted. Water is readily available by tap both in private homes and in public facilities. In Rwanda, water is scarce and expensive. Many families don’t have access to their own water supply and have to walk sometimes for very long distances to fetch water for their families. Sometimes this water is free but it comes from the swamp or another unclean water source and cannot be used for drinking. Sometimes the water is nearer to their homes, but it can be costly. Costs generally range from 50 RWF to 100 RWF per jerry can of water.

Best Family Rwanda saw that this was a huge need amongst our children and the wider community. Due to the costs of water children were not bathing regularly, their clothes were not being washed, and they did not have water to drink. Due to the support of generous donors like Students for Safe Water, we are proud to have launched a Clean Water Initiative by providing a tank and taps in the Nyarangunga branch with plans for the Gikondo and Kinyinya branch well under way. We are selling the water to the community at 20 RWF per jerry can, which is completely affordable for all the families in the neighborhood. The water is located in the village center (opposite our branch office) and is clean – even for drinking.

The money that is paid for the water goes towards the costs of maintaining the project and also providing employment for one of our Nyarangunga caregivers who is in charge of the selling of water. We are already seeing the effects of this project in our latest home visits with our children in Nyarangunga.

Two caregivers we met with last week explained how they either previously paid 100 RWF for a jerry can of water or fetched water from a swamp far away, but now they get the water from Best Family. Now accessing water is no longer a problem for these families and there are no barriers for the family to be clean and hydrated. It’s amazing how the small things that we take for granted such as water is the same thing which can make a huge impact in Rwanda. We are so thankful to Students for Safe Water for this project, but mainly we thank God for His provision.