Strengthening sanitation and livelihoods in Rwanda

Strengthening sanitation and livelihoods in Rwanda

rwandaInsights into GO’s efforts to empower communities in Rwanda to have access to good sanitation education and facilities and to be self-sufficient through sustainable partner projects in the region.

As part of our efforts to empower communities and strengthen people’s knowledge of hygiene practices, Global One supported three different projects in Rwanda. These projects were delivered in partnership with the Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP), a non-profit, voluntary organization run by passionate students of the University of Rwanda. Their mission is to improve the standard of living in underprivileged communities and build the capacity of participating students.

The projects focused mainly on WASH practices, with the construction of VIP latrine facilities and the house to house teaching of sanitary practices such as handwashing. In addition, the livelihood beekeeping project enabled 30 beneficiaries to improve their living standards.

The beekeeping project

rwandaAt Global One, we believe that empowering women is key to transforming their communities, and this project is a clear example of how it can be done. In fact, the beekeeping project has reached 30 beneficiaries, mostly widows and young single mothers, and is providing them the means to support themselves.

Bees are critical to the ecosystem and a fantastic livelihood means for many. Their importance is particularly high in Rwanda, where our beekeeping project improves the standard of living in a chosen community in the Huye Sector, Huye District.

Before the starting of the practical activities, the beneficiaries attended a training session, in which they learnt how to maintain the hives and increase the harvest. Later, the modernised agriculture activities started with beneficiaries creating protective outfits and modern hives. Currently, the project has reached the final stage, and there are regular meetings to keep sure everything is running well.

House to house handwashing

One of the WASH projects implemented included a Hygiene and Water Sanitation Program, which was divided into two projects. The first being the House to House project, aimed at promoting health through the awareness of proper hygiene practices.

Hygiene teaching sessions were run in four primary schools in the Huye District, reaching over 700 children. The lessons were organized in two days of teaching, to avoid overloading children with information, and the RVCP volunteer used materials prepared by the WET Project Foundation. Young students are also engaged through the “happy hand washing song”, which ensured that the children memorised the lesson learnt.

RCVP is still implementing this project and continue to provide training session in primary schools while also aiming to deliver family outreach events.

Building sustainable toilets

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In addition to the efforts of spreading hygienic practices through house to house teaching, the second part of the Hygiene and Water Sanitation Program was aimed to fill the lack of toilet facilities in Mpungwe village. The shortage of toilets has resulted in a vast number of the population suffering from diarrhoea, dysentery, intestinal worms and other water-borne diseases, which spread rapidly due to unhygienic practices and unsanitary latrines facilities.

The construction of the site took place between November and December 2016. During this occasion, our programmes team, Terri and Jessica, flew to Rwanda to help the construction of the latrines. We also assisted a family of six who did not have health insurance by paying their medical fees. The RVCP also ran a hygiene teaching session in the village, reminding communities to maintain the hygiene practices learnt during this lesson.

The project made a very large impact on the families of beneficiaries in a short amount of time. Thanks to our effort, 46 of the 125 households in Mpungwe village now have access to a VIP latrine. The construction of toilet facilities, associated with better hygiene practices, helped to reduce the rate of health diseases. However, a large proportion of families still require assistance in Mpungwe village, and there is an urgent need to deliver this kind of sustainable project. Toilet facilities and proper hygiene practices are crucial to empowering isolated and disadvantaged communities. Thus, our aim – with your support – is to widen our reach and continue supporting communities in Rwanda.

 

Emergency Relief Assistance for Rohingyan Refugees

Emergency Relief Assistance for Rohingyan Refugees

This is an urgent appeal to help save thousands of Rohingyan refugees who are currently fleeing their homes in fear of persecution.

The United Nations claim that the Rohingyan Muslim minority group are the most persecuted minority in the world. There are approximately 1.1 million Rohingya people living in Myanmar. Most live in the Rakhine state and have been for decades, but it has not been an easy ride. There has been ethnic tensions between the Muslim Rohingyas and the Budhist Burmese, and many people in Myanmar believe that they are illegal immigrants. The Myanmar government also treats them as stateless people, denying them citizenship. Consequently this restricts thousands of Rohingyan Muslims from accessing basic medical care, education and other services.

The emergency

25th August saw the tensions between the Myanmar government reached crisis point with Rohingya militants. 71 people, including 12 members of the Myanmar security forces, were attacked and killed by Rohingya militants, in the bloodiest attack since conflict broke out last year. Since then the bloodshed has not stopped between both groups; 40 bodies  (probably Rohingya women and children) washed up on a Bangladesh riverbank earlier this month.

Hundreds have been reported dead or missing – many of them young children. Rohingya refugees have reported that they have had their homes burned down. This of course has led 123,000 people to flee their homes and their livelihood in search of refuge in the neighboring state of Bangladesh, according to the UN. Hundreds have drowned in attempts to cross the Naf river. Those who have made it to the border are having to walk for days, hiding in jungles, crossing mountains and river to reach the camps. Hence, there are hundreds of vulnerable people without food and life-saving medicine. Those who have found refuge in camps are still lacking basic provisions, as many camps are full and unable to provide the needed supplies.

Our impact in the Rohingyan crisis

 rohingyanGlobal One is one of the few international agencies that have permission to operate on ground,  and coordinates the emergency response with the International Organisation of Migration.

Earlier in 2017, Global One Country Office in Bangladesh distributed food packages to approximately 20 000 distressed Rohingyas living in Letha makeshift settlement in Teknaf, Nayapara, Kutupulong and Balukhali in Cox’s Bazar. We believe with our current knowledge and access we can really make a difference.

This is why we need your urgent help – thousands of young children are malnourished! By simply donating £10, you will help provide essential survival items, such as basic food, water purification sachets, medicines and hygiene equipment. Your kind donation will provide a family of 5 the basic necessities to survive! Here is a list of some of the supplies we will be distributing:

  • Food and water supplies lasting at least a month (rice, flour, oil, lentil, sugar, potatoes, water purification sachets, pots and pans, etc.)
  • Health and hygiene (doctor’s fees, medicines, water purification sachets, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, menstrual management products, etc.)
  • Clothes and blankets
  • Shelters (tents)

Out of each £10 we fundraise, £8 will go straight towards emergency supplies, and the other £2 we will reinvest in fundraising and managing the project.

Please help us with our appeal! You have the power to make a difference!