Since April 2020 when cases started increasing at a bothersome rate, WaterAid Rwanda liaised quickly with the Ministry of Health and other concerned institutions to ensure timely updates on the Covid-19 pandemic and to discuss partnership on national preparedness and response plan.
As we close the year still under the challenge of the pandemic, the organization’s efforts are relentless.
To complement ongoing efforts, WaterAid Rwanda is partnering with Heineken Africa Foundation (HAF) to support communities to face COVID-19 under the nationwide ‘Shishoza/Think Twice campaign’ together with the Ministry of Health and Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC).
In this partnership, on December 18, 2020, WaterAid inaugurated hand washing stations at eight health centers of Kigali including Muhima, Mwendo, Nyarurenzi, Rubungo, Kinyinya, Nyacyonga, Masaka, and Kicukiro.
These facilities will benefit over 18,000 direct users.
This initiative fits well in the Shishoza campaign’s objective of reaching 9 million population through social, digital, and mass media campaigns, on top of providing several support in communities, schools, and healthcare centers.
On top of the handwashing infrastructure at the eight health centers, WaterAid provided hygiene supplies to fifty schools across five districts.
Besides activities under this Heineken sponsored project, WaterAid is implementing WASH activities in the school reopening plan and response to Covid-19.
The initiative consists of the construction of 9 rainwater harvesting tanks with a capacity of 90m3 each in schools of Nyamagabe District. This is on top of 3 latrines blocks of 32 stances and 3 Menstrual Hygiene Management rooms in 3 schools of the same district.
I Bugesera district, the projects consist of the construction of 5 environmental tanks for rainwater harvesting in schools and construction of 6 blocks of 48 stances of latrines and 8 Menstrual Hygiene Management rooms.Furthermore, in Nyagatare District, WaterAid projects consist of the construction of 3 rainwater harvesting tanks with a capacity of 90m3 each in three schools, on top of 26 Group hand washing facilities in 16 schools.
For Rwamagana District, the project consists of the construction of 3 rainwater harvesting tanks with a capacity of 90m3 each in three specific schools.