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Rwamagana District inaugurates New Sanitation Center

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Rwamagana: On April 5th, 2018, the District of Rwamagana inaugurated a new District Sanitation Center. The new facility, which was funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) IsukuIwacu activity, will serve over 300,000 Rwandans. It will host trainings, provide a wide range of sanitation technologies and products, and oversee the district’s growing access to sanitation services like improved latrines and home hand-washing stations. The inauguration event was attended by the Director General CD&SA/Minaloc,Sheikh Bahame Hassan, USAID’s Acting Mission Director Leslie Marbury, ministry representatives, local government officials, and more.

The Rwamagana District Sanitation Center is one of 8 planned sanitation centers being built by the USAID IsukuIwacu activity. These centers are in line with the Government of Rwanda’s 2016 National Sanitation Policy and Implementation Strategy to effectively market sanitation products and services at the household level. While funded by USAID, the District Sanitation Centers are fully owned and operated by the districts.

The District of Rwamagana’s new sanitation center has three sections. A training area, a selling point for a local entrepreneur where residents can purchase sanitation products, and a showroom for visiting households and professional contractors to see various sanitation and handwashing facilities.

The USAID IsukuIwacu activity is implemented by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV). It is a four-year, 9.2 billion Rwandan Franc project. The overall goal of the USAID IsukuIwacu activity is creating sustainable access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene services, especially for this country’s poorest households.

In collaboration with local district authorities, USAID IsukuIwacu is supporting the establishment of District Sanitation Centers in the following eight districts: Rwamagana, Kayonza, Nyanza, Ruhango, Nyabihu, Ngoma, Nyarugenge and Kicukiro. (End)

 

 

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