Sanitation

Safe summer

SAFE SUMMER, Eastern Rwanda is prone to the lack of water especially during the three months of summer, as it is a place which is hotter than other provinces in Rwanda and there is no access to ground water as all canals from mountains get dry. To get water kids should go at a minimum of 10km to find lakes where they fetch, dirty, saline water full of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. This leads to water borne diseases in families and there is no clean water to drink, to wash clothes, to cook and to use in other households. I think everyone who reads this statement can understand this problem which is common in our Africa.

SAFE SUMMER is an idea I created so that we can find the water for vulnerable people in Eastern province/ Rwanda. Specifically will work for 30villages in Kayonza district, each village have 120houses, each house has at least 7people and this project estimate to benefit 25200 people.

HOW? We will use to keep the rain water in tanks and this water will be purified and used later in 3months of summer. We estimate that in general each house will use 60liters of water a day, for one month it is 1800liters and 5400liters for 3months which is our target. For our project we will need tanks for 19440m3 so that our target population will be safe.

Feasibility, for people in villages 100 houses live nearby one another and tanks which contain 648m3 will be put in each and every village, tanks should contain filters to purify the water and the distance to fetch water in the summer will be reduced from 10km to a maximum of 200meters.

For sustainability and care taking to our tanks we will involve local leaders in the process and we will have two paid persons who works 24/7 so that you can get water at time you want to prevent cloud of people at tanks fetching at the same time, every family will be asked to contribute at least 1$ per months for the aim of psychological owning of the tanks and to pay two people who help them to fetch.

We plan to have meeting with local leaders telling them to increase campaigns for clean drink water and to sensitize to their population how to prevent water borne diseases in their communities.

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Idea No. 525