Increase access to water in communities
Rainwater harvesting system
Rwanda is said to be one of the African countries that use water at a very low scale. Statistics show that a Rwandan uses an average of 670 cubic meters annually as opposed to 4,000 cubic meters for citizens in some African countries. Rainwater is among the most used water sources in Rwanda especially in rural areas. The rainwater is abundant in Northern and Western provinces of Rwanda where forests and volcanoes lie; and is there where rainwater is mostly used in different activities since there no other water supply systems. Due to lack of rainwater harvesting, Rwanda is passing through a hard time of disasters from rainfalls and has lost a lot of things from this last. Plants have been damaged due to erosion, houses have been destroyed due to floods and landslides and people died from these disasters. In order to fight against disasters from rainfalls and increase access to water The Rwandan government in collaboration with partners and civil society started to adopt and promote Rainwater harvesting.
What we contribute to address this issue?
HAND IN HAND FOR DEVELOPMENT conducts awareness campaigns on rainwater harvesting and trains youth groups on ferrocement tank construction therefore the trained groups help their communities to have access to water through construction of rainwater harvesting systems.
What we expect from our contribution:
⦁ Increased access to water in communities
⦁ Erosion control
⦁ Increase in harvest
⦁ Health benefits
⦁ Poverty reduction
⦁ Environmental protection
⦁ Reduction of time required for collecting water
⦁ Reduction of water cost
⦁ Availability of additional water