KCB Bank Rwanda through its foundation and partnership with World Relief Rwanda, yesterday donated cisterns to Bugesera district residents, with capacity to hold 10,000 liters of water, as part of their efforts to support access to clean water.
The five tanks, worth over one million Rwanda each, were installed in different sectors of Bugesera district, where a single tank will be serving 500 residents per day, in accordance to WHO standards of 20 liters per capita per person for domestic use.
In the event that attracted district authorities, World Relief Rwanda and KCB Staff as well as residents, George Odhiambo, the Acting Managing Director for KCB Rwanda, said the Bank is planning to further respond to the needs of vulnerable communities not only through financial services.
“The wellbeing of our communities is what we strive on as a bank. It all begins with the life of a person as an individual and what affects their domestic needs before any economic transformation,” he noted.
Speciose Ayinkamiye, a member of the KCB Board affirmed that “since KCB started operating in Kenya, the interest it gets from banking is always returned to the communities in which the bank operates; Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, South Sudan etc.”
“We are a bank that supports and invests in our community,” she added.
Bugesera district has been identified as among districts that face acute shortages of safer water. Residents in some instances have resorted to collect water from unclean sources, causing water borne diseases in the area
Beatrice Mukabalisa, a resident neighboring Ntarama sector revealed that “sometimes people would physically fight for water, which made those that are weak, like children, to go without it and waited for another day to come back in early morning.”
“We thank God for this tank as it will help us reduce the cost of water and help us raise the money to pay for the health insurance for the less privileged people,” she said.
Meanwhile, Pricilla Uwiragiye, the Vice Mayor in charge of Social Affairs in Bugesera district commended KCB Bank for the great supporting the district’s agenda of ensuring residents get access to clean water.
“We thank you for providing our people with water tanks, this will help reduce the problems related to scarcity of water,” she mentioned, urging the beneficiaries to preserve the tanks, to gain more from them.