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Project Name
Water source of life – Burundi

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

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

Activities to be carried out

The project involves the implementation of the following activities:
1. Channelling 2 water sources located at a high altitude and construction of a drinking water supply system (aqueduct) 23.3 km long. This system will bring drinking water directly to Rukanda where the population will be able to collect water from 32 distribution points;
2. Training activities on basic hygiene and prevention of major diseases;
3. Construction, and training for their use, of 20 ecological toilets, protecting groundwater and allowing the use of organic waste as fertilizer for agriculture;
4. Training activities on the management of common goods aimed at the project’s direct beneficiaries, members of the municipal water management committee and community leaders;
5. Organization of 32 water management committees composed of direct beneficiaries for the maintenance of constructed infrastructures;
6. Training activities on microcredit and creation and monitoring of at least 30 community microcredit groups for the improvement of the economic conditions of families so that they can have the resources to contribute to the functioning of the infrastructures, ensuring their maintenance.

Total cost
€ 571.388,20
Collected contributions
C.E.I. - Conferenza Episcopale Italiana €254.842,00 Supporters AMU - €50.895,00