By Grace Mugoya
“Before we got public water taps in our area, access to water was very hard. The little we could get from neighboring villages was not enough even for domestic use which was breeding poor sanitation and ill-health. When JICA intervened, things changed for the better,” says Alice Uwamahoro, a resident of Kigabiro Sector, Rwamagana district in the Eastern Province.
Today the World is marking World Water Day, an annual celebration to promote awareness of the extent to which water resource development contributes to economic productivity and social wellbeing of the population.
In Rwanda, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) among other development partners have closely been working with the government to ensure the population especially in the rural areas have easy access to safe water.
According to the JICA Chief Representative Mr. Tahakiro MORIYA, such efforts will be intensified even further.