RULINDO – Residents of Cyinzuzi Sector in Rulindo district have been called upon to maintain a clean environment in their homesteads to avoid outbreak of waterborne diseases.
The call was made on Thursday by an official in the Ministry of Education, Emmanuel Kaviziya, at a function to launch ecological toilets, showers and rain water harvesting systems at Karambo B and Cyinzuzi primary schools.
“The government considers cleanliness as one of its top priorities to guarantee health to all Rwandans,” he said.
The project was funded by Water for People, an NGO, in partnership with Rwanda environment care and Rulindo district.
Kaviziya further called on pupils to study with dedication, saying the future of Rwanda lies in their hands.
A total of 11 ecological toilets, a shower and one rain water harvesting system were installed at Karambo B Primary School. While ten toilets, a shower and one rain water harvesting system were inaugurated at Cyinzuzi Primary School.
In addition, Water for People rehabilitated one rain water harvesting system at Karambo B and another one at Cyinzuzi Primary schools.
Speaking to The New Times, Water for People Country coordinator, Dr. Helene Baribeau said the facilities are designed to maintain a clean environment and generate fertilisers for high yield agriculture production.
“Pupils and local residents have been taught the culture of washing their hands after using the toilets to avoid contracting diseases,” he said.
“The ecological toilets are designed to separate urine and human waste which are channeled to different storage facilities and later serve as fertilizers.”
An official of the Rwanda Environment care, Valante Mucyomwiza, said some local residents have been trained on constructing environment friendly ecological toilets and rain water harvesting systems.
“The use of human waste and urine derived from these toilets as fertilisers for high yield agriculture production, has been scientifically tested to cause no health hazards to human beings,” said Mucyomwiza.