On 19 November 2019, the management of Water Aid Rwanda shared sanitation and hygiene practices as they joined Bugesera residents in marking the World Toilet Day (WTD).
The Head of Policy Research and Advocacy at WaterAid, Vestine Mukeshimana said that lack of proper sanitation does not only bring about diseases, it also rips people of their dignity.
“Lack of proper sanitation can cause many diseases; but more than that, it rips you of your dignity. It is improper to see a parent defecate in bushes.” She said
WaterAid built 328 toilets in Nyamagabe and 76 toilets in Bugesera districts as a way of marking the World Toilet Day.
Epiphanie Gahongayire, one of the beneficial of these sanitary facilities from Water Aid, thanked them saying she is now very proud of the toilet facilities she has.
Bugesera vice mayor in charge of social affairs, Yvette Imanishimwe encouraged all citizens to build proper sanitation facilities for it is their responsibility but the district will work with partners to support those who do not have the capacity to do so by themselves.
WaterAid started operations in Rwanda in 2010, supporting the government in extending water, hygiene and sanitation services to citizens in mainly Bugesera and Nyamagabe districts.