In an effort to support and implement the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Projects (WASH) four districts have received 61 motorcycles to improve access to safe water in the districts of Rubavu, Musanze, Nyabihu and Burera Districts.
Speaking during the handover of the motorcycles to district mayors, the State Minister in Charge of Energy and Water, Colette Ruhamya, commended the government of Netherlands and UNICEF for their initiative to help Rwanda achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
“The WASH Project started in 2009 as a five year project that will support the availability and sustainability of safe drinking water as well as improve sanitation in the four districts,” Ruhamya said.
“The project will be beneficial to at least 500,000 people, including 250,000 primary school children and 50,000 patients in health institutions across the four target districts”
Ruhamya also urged the district representatives of WASH to focus on using the motorcycles in activities that will enable the project attain its goals.
“With the motorcycles, the project workers at district and sector level will have continuous and regular access to all areas and ensure the implementation of all project activities,” Ruhamya said.
Gaspard Ndagijimana, the Officer in charge of Infrastructure Projects, Water and Energy in the Dutch Embassy, said that, the project lies within Rwanda’s decentralized policy whereby districts have a key role in implementing development projects.