Japan donates over Rwf 400 million to boost access to safe water, roads renovation in seven districts

On 17 mars 2021 at 09:14

Japan has through its embassy in Kigali donated US$416,532 (approximately Rwf 416 million) grant to support the renovation of feeder roads in six districts and enhance access to safe water in Nyabihu district.

Japan’s ambassador in Rwanda, Masahiro Imai signed funding agreements yesterday with organizations implementing these projects.

These include the Association Rwandaise pour le Développement Endogène (ARDE Kubaho) conducting advocacy for access to safe water, Community Road Empowerment (CORE), Japan’s non-profit organization aimed at renovating feeder roads in different districts.

The project to distribute safe water will be implemented in Rega cell, Bigogwe sector of Nyabihu district within three years at a cost of US$81,788 (approximately Rwf 81 million).

The grant signed will support the construction of a water system of 4.37 kilometers of water pipe, two water kiosks, a water tank, six valve chambers and two public taps at the area. These activities will benefit over 7900 residents.

Besides, CORE project will also last three years of implementation in 16 districts.
The grant signed yesterday will enable one-year implementation in the districts of Huye, Kamonyi, Muhanga, Karongi, Gisagara and Nyanza.

It is expected that road-renovation activities will cost UD$334.744 (over Rwf 339 million) to cover 1600 kilometers by end of this year.

Speaking to IGIHE,Amb. Masahiro said they are glad to support the two projects expected to uplift residents’ livelihoods.

“We are excited to support the two projects set to yield big in transforming livelihoods especially for residents in rural areas. I thank in no smaller part independent organizations for their contribution to development particularly transforming citizens’ welfare,” he underscored.

The President and Legal Representative of ARDE Kubaho, Paul Murenzi thanked Japan for relentless support to the provision of safe water.

“We extend sincere appreciation to Japan embassy for walking with us for the past eight years to distribute safe water to citizens. It is an outstanding gesture giving relief to residents because they need safe water as a basic need. For this time, Bigogwe residents are cheerful for anticipated access to safe water,” he revealed.

Yuko Yokomizo, the CORE project manager extolled the embassy’s great giving relief for residents’ prosperity.

“It is a great honor that the embassy supports rural development projects which in return benefit residents. For instance, our project previously backed the development of over 5900 young people,” he said.

Through existing partnership with ARDE Kubaho, Japan embassy has provided safe water in Muhanga and Kamonyi districts. It has also renovated feeder roads in Rusizi, Nyamasheke, Rulindo and Gakenke districts in partnership with CORE.

Representatives from signatory organizations in a group photo with Japan's ambassador in Rwanda.
Japan’s ambassador in Rwanda, Masahiro Imai signed funding agreements yesterday with organizations implementing these projects.