Burundi: Water source of life
The municipality of Bururi is made of 28 hills. Rukanda is situated on one of these hills, in a particularly difficult area to reach, where there is only one recently paved road, inaccessible during the rainy season. The approximately 8,000 people who live on the hill are practically isolated. Physical isolation has repercussions on the most important aspects of community life. The nearest medical centre, for example, is 5 km away and can only be reached on foot. Agricultural production is scarce and not very diversified, food security is precarious and there is a very high rate of malnutrition among children.
Education of children and young people is highly precarious due to long distances (most children have to walk for more than 2 hours to get to school every day), the poor conditions of school buildings and lack of adequate nutrition.
Access to drinking water could help break this spiral. Currently, the families of Rukanda are forced to walk 2 km to reach the first source of drinking water, with direct consequences on hygiene and health.
Objectives of the project “Water source of life”
1) Promote access to drinking water and improve the sanitary conditions of the entire population of Rukanda.
2) Strengthen the capacity of the population of Rukanda to manage and maintain the drinking water infrastructure.
3) Improve the economic conditions of Rukanda families through micro-credit.