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4-Year USAID Isuku Iwacu Project Celebrates Bringing Sanitation Access To 500,000 Rwandans

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Over the past four years (2016-2020), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID’s) Isuku Iwacu activity invested 10.5 billion RWF in highly successful measures to increase access to basic sanitation for the people of Rwanda. Thanks to USAID Isuku Iwacu, over 500,000 Rwandans have access to basic sanitation (such as improved latrines) for the first time.

“By working hand-in-hand with the Government of Rwanda, USAID Isuku Iwacu has been integral in increasing access to life-saving hygiene and sanitation solutions for the population in the eight districts where the project has worked. The United States is committed to doing more and to work with the government and the people of Rwanda to build public-private partnerships for sustainable sanitation,” said USAID Deputy Mission Director, Bill Hansen.

In a ceremony held at the Kigali Convention Centre, USAID, the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA), as well as implementing partners headed (SNV) USA dba DevWorks International with SNV Netherlands, Water for People, and World Vision International, marked the culmination and remarkable achievements of the four-year effort that has enabled over 500,000 people to acquire basic sanitation in eight districts of the project’s work.

Isuku Iwacu Activity (2016-2020) represents the continued commitment of USAID to support Rwanda on its journey to achieve universal coverage of sanitation facilities for its 12 million people and Sustainable Development Goal 6 which focuses on water and sanitation for all.

The overall goal of USAID Isuku Iwacu was to increase local ownership and capacity to deliver sustainable, high-quality sanitation and hygiene services in order to decrease childhood stunting. Over the life of the Activity, the project has worked in the eight districts of

USAID Isuku Iwacu did this by working with leaders and local civil society organizations at national and decentralized levels.

USAID Isuku Iwacu focused on three strategic areas: Increasing demand for sanitation products and services at the household level, strengthening the supply of sanitation products and services, and developing an improved enabling environment to support new markets for improved sanitation.

The project realized several critical achievements in its four years of implementation, including 561,035 Rwandans supported to gain access to basic sanitation; 254,504 households with clean covered latrines; 219 villages pre-declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF) environments; and eight District Sanitation Centers (DSC) built across the areas of implementation.

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World Bank Signs Rwanda US$20M For Refugees

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The World Bank has approved an additional International Development Association grant of US $20 million for the Socio-Economic Inclusion of Refugees and Host Communities in Rwanda Project. This takes the total value of the project to US$80 million.

Since its inception in 2019, the project, also known in Kinyarwanda as “Jya Mbere” (move forward) is providing over 450,000 Rwandans and refugees with better access to basic services such as health, education and clean water. It also supports job creation through economic infrastructure such as roads and markets, technical and vocational training and funding for local businesses in the six districts that host refugees in Rwanda – Kirehe, Gatsibo, Gicumbi, Karongi, Nyamagabe and Gisagara.

“Rwandans and refugees alike have been heavily affected by COVID-19. Jya Mbere project will help them recover from the immediate impacts of the pandemic while building longer-term capacity in the health and education systems. The support for businesses is particularly important given the impacts on local enterprises of the COVID-19 lockdowns.” Said Matthew Stephens, World Bank Senior Social Development Specialist, and the project task team leader.

The additional US$20 million grant responds directly to the impacts of COVID-19. This will include upgrading to improve patient care at the district hospitals in Kirehe and Gatsibo, plus construction and improvements to health centers, schools and water systems in the project districts. The additional grant will also provide access to finance and training for businesses run by refugees and host community members in urban areas, including Huye District, the City of Kigali and Bugesera.

The World Bank is committed to helping Rwanda recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The additional US$ 20 million grant for the Jya Mbere project is part of a $350 million package that the World Bank has made available so far to support the government’s response to the pandemic. By including refugees and the communities that host them in these efforts, Rwanda is further solidifying its well-earned reputation as a welcoming host to refugees,” said Rolande Pryce, World Bank Country Manager for Rwanda.

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Colonel Pascal Muhizi Promoted to Brigadier General

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President Paul Kagame also Commander-in-Chief of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has duly promoted Colonel Pascal Muhizi to the rank of Brigadier General.

He is currently a Brigade Commander in the Southern Province, which also covers Nyungwe forest. He previously commanded Rubavu and Nyabihu districts.

According to a communique seen on the Defence Ministry website, the promotion takes immediate effect.

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Rwanda Outlines Stringent Punishment Against Covid-19 Violations

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In case a child above 2 years walks around the neighbourhood without wearing a face mask, the parent should be prepared to pay a fine of U$10 (Rwf 10,000).

The government of Rwanda on Wednesday will begin imposing a very stringent lockdown across the country as part of measures aimed at preventing the further spread of the deadly Coronavirus that causes Covid-19 disease.

Covid-19 has claimed 392 lives since its arrival on Rwanda territory in March last year. The country has since reported a total of 32,296 infections and 26,712 recoveries.

Tough punishments and fines are also slated for strict implementation against violators.

For example, anyone refusing to receive electronic payments will be slapped a fine of Rwf25,000.

Any institution or agency that will be found with employees or staff beyond the required number(percentage) will be punished with a fine of Rwf150,000.

Organising and holding a birthday, bridal shower, group prayers , weddings or any other form of event that draws people together shall attract a fine of U$200 (Rwf200,000). Those attending shall each be fined Rwf25,000.

Patients running away from a Covid-19 management facility shall be fined Rwf100,000. The healthworker responsible shall be fined Rwf100,000.

If anyone is found operating a bar or anyshop turned into bar, turning home into bar, bar in restaurant or hotel shall attract a heavy cash fine worth Rwf150,000. Anyone found in the bar will pay a fine of Rwf25,000.

Violation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at construction sites as instituted by the city of Kigali will attract a fine of Rwf100,000 upto Rwf1million depending on the value of the construction project.

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