Water scarcity or lack of safe drinking water is a problem that dis-proportionally burdens women in Karongi. Water shortage has a negative impact on agriculture specifically good nutrition as many depend on water for irrigating their kitchen gardens.
The water facilities are not reliable because many times they run water dry, forcing women to walk a long distance to collect water from rivers and other wells. Also the maintenance of the infrastructure may require heavy costs that are not always available to the community.
Therefore, to lessen the burden of water collection for women, TUBIBE AMAHORO through women’s rights to sustainable livelihoods project funded by ActionAid Rwanda supported 45 households, beneficiaries of the project in Murundi and Gitesi sectors (Karongi district) with 45 water harvesting tanks of 3000L per each tank.
The purpose of this intervention is to reduce time spent by women on water collection. Hence, access to water will greatly save the time women could use to participate in other productive activities. Women are the main beneficiaries of these tanks because it is their cultural role to fetch water for their homes and families.
As the early year heat sears everything in its way, Mukakibibi Thamar, 51 years old has shown her happiness during the visit: “This tank has saved me and the children a lot of time which we were using to go to the well,” Thamar, a widow with seven young sons & sisters explains. She adds that now these children can go early to school, while she uses that time to till her garden. For Thamar, the tank is a life saver because the children no longer have to wake 5AM to the well to fetch water. “Before I got this tank, my little young sons used to wake up at 5am in the morning to fetch water because the well is usually crowded during the day and you’d spend a lot of time waiting in queues to get water, with this tank, I feel safe,” she adds.
Written by: Musanganire Olivier FLOW Project Manager Tubibe Amahoro