Residents of Bugarura village, Rugarama Cell, Mushikiri Sector, Kirehe District are generating solutions to their problems.
Those who used to share drinking water with domestic animals have built their public drinking water supply worth over Rwf400,000.
Bugarura Cell leader Alphonse Nshimiyimana says that the construction of this facility came after approximately 116 households living in the village shared ideas and agreed that each household would have to contribute some money as well as self-sacrifice in terms of communal activities.
Nshimiyimana said that the well in this village was very dirty.
“Our cell is comprised of 116 households. We calculated and estimated that each household would have to contribute Rwf4200. Residents agreed and started collecting the money. We bought cement, gravel and other ingredients, but there are some materials we carried ourselves,” he said.
They raised Rwf472,200. Then after, they found a technician and constructed the facility successfully. “We launched the water facility on October 23, 2018. We are proud we have achieved it on our own efforts and cooperation,” he said.
Eulade Munyanziza, a businessman in Bugarura village said that they are glad to have been able to build their own water facility and that they will no more consume polluted water.
“We refused to continue suffering from worms and other water-related diseases,” he said.
Marie Solange Iragena, a health worker in Bugarura Village also confirms that they used to get drinking water from the pool, with repeated cases of water-related diseases but now the problem has come to an end.
Kirehe District mayor, Gerald Muzungu says that this is a common practice in his district and encourages them to continue with the culture.
Meanwhile, every household has to pay Rwf100 to be used for reparation in case anything gets destroyed without any need of awaiting other forms of support.