Dominah is a single mother of four. Her husband passed away eight years ago, so she works hard to provide for her children. But for far too long, there was one thing she could not provide: clean water.
The only water available to Dominah and her children required a long and time-consuming walk down the steep Rwandan hillside where they live. The walk for water took too long to complete before school, so her children would walk after school, drinking water along the way when they became tired.
But even that water source was not protected, and the contaminated water made them so sick that as often as twice a month, they had to make visits to the hospital for treatment.
But their story has changed.
Dominah and her children – along with 900 of their neighbors – no longer have to make the long walk for water. They no longer make bimonthly trips to the hospital to seek treatment for waterborne illnesses. And because they have more time for things like homework, Dominah's children are doing better in school.
And all of this has been possible because they now have access to safe, clean water! MOUCECORE mobilized community members, helped form a water committee, and provided training to teach people to safely store clean water. Then, the community worked together to dig trenches to install pipes that now safely deliver clean water directly to the community.
THE MOUCECORE - BLOOD:WATER PARTNERSHIP
In partnership with MOUCECORE, Blood:Water has committed to contributing toward access to clean water, hygiene, and sanitation facilities and practices, and thereby improving the overall health for residents living in the Nyamagabe District of southern Rwanda. Local communities will be empowered through community-led total sanitation trainings, the formation of water committees, and community work in order to increase community participation, ownership, and project impact sustainability.
Through this partnership...
1,224 households have gained access to clean water
592 members from 97 households have been provided with ecological latrines
1,550 people have received sanitation and hygiene training
Through technical and financial support, Blood:Water has made it possible for MOUCECORE to impact more than 1,224 households with access to clean water, provide 592 members from 97 households with ecological latrines, and train 1,550 people in sanitation and hygiene.
The goal of the current project (2017-2018) is to increase access to clean water, as well as hygiene facilities and practices in the Kamegeli and Gasaka sectors of Nyamagabe District. To achieve these goals, MOUCECORE will focus on behavior and mindset change through community mobilization, sensitization sessions, and WASH trainings. Specifically, the current project will:
Increase sustainable access to safe water through the construction of eight water points serving 9,000 people.
Promote improved sanitation facilities at the community and household level through the construction of eight public latrines and 500 household latrines.
Promote hygiene behavior change for 9,000 people through the training of 300 trainers who will take charge of community-led total sanitation efforts.
MOUCECORE is a Rwandan Christian organization that has been mobilizing, organizing, and empowering local churches and communities for holistic development since 1993. In each community it enters, MOUCECORE promotes evangelism, healing and reconciliation, sustainable peace, community development, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, and child development.
Programs are based around the concept of solidarity transformation groups (STGs) that grow out of the local church to bring transformation in the community. In working this way, MOUCECORE identifies and empowers local leaders, and mobilizes direct and indirect beneficiaries to take ownership of projects impacting their own communities, leading to a history of sustainability.
In 2007, MOUCECORE began working to implement a WASH project in Cyanika, in the northern part of the country. The construction of 112 rainwater harvesting tanks completely ended a water crisis in that area! Upon completion of that project in 2012, MOUCECORE began a sanitation and hygiene project in the area. Ecosan latrines were determined to be the best sanitation solution for the volcanic region. While MOUCECORE discontinued direct interventions in 2015 after the completion of 97 latrines, community members have continued to construct latrines and promote healthy hygiene behaviors. In 2012, based on what was learned in Cyanika, MOUCECORE extended the WASH program to Nyamagabe, in the southern part of the country.
Background: Due to the rule of the Tutsi minority in the 16th century, Rwanda’s boundaries were not determined by European powers, but by the established nation-state that existed before German and Belgian colonization. Domination by the ruling Tutsi minority led to the emergence of the Party for Hutu Emancipation and a large transfer of local power to Hutu individuals, beginning a revolution. Independence was declared in 1962, and by 1964 at least 150 thousand Tutsis had fled to neighboring countries.
After years of mounting tension erupted into civil war, an agreement between the Hutu-led government and the Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR) was passed in 1993 calling for a transition toward a model including the FPR, outraging Hutu extremists. The assassination of the Hutu president launched the country into a mass genocide against Tutsis and moderate Hutus led by Hutu militia groups beginning in April and ending in July 1994. More than 800,000 Rwandans were killed as a result (primarily Tutsis), and about 2 million fled the country (both Tutsi and Hutu). In 1995, the process of trying the tens of thousands involved in the killings began, and by late 1996 and early 1997, Rwandans who had fled began to return to the country. Shortly after, Rwanda’s troops intervened in Zaire as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, frustrated by their lack of support against the Hutu extremists who had fled to both countries after the genocide and were using the countries as bases for launching attacks on Rwanda. However, a peace agreement was reached in 2002.
The country began to receive aid in 2007, when Rwanda joined the East African Community, a regional trade and development bloc. The nation’s recovery process continues today.
Country Population: 13 million
National Language: Kinyarwanda
Sources: Encyclopedia Britannica, CIA Factbook 2017