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Japan Gives Rwanda U.S.$9 Million for Water Supply

Rwanda-water-containers-in-dirt-roadRwanda-water-containers-in-dirt-roadKigali — Japan has given Rwanda a $8.4 million grant to supply water in rural areas. “Access to water is one of our key EDPRS2 targets that we must achieve by 100%. Bringing water closer to the people will allow them to engage in income generating activities while children attend school rather than having to travel long miles liking for water,” finance and development minister, Amb. Claver Gatete said recently.

The money will be spent on constructing a piped water supply system and capacity building for operation staff and technicians. When completed, more than 33,000 people will have access to safe drinking water.Kazuya Ogawa, the Ambassador of Japan to the Rwanda said, “This support is in line with the EDPRS2 targets especially achieving universal access to safe drinking water.”

The Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) is implementing the project with support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The project targets three sectors in three districts in the Eastern Province. These include: Rukira Sector in Ngoma District, Murama Sector in Kayonza District and Remera Sector in Gatsibo District.

According to a press release, the grant is the third in the serial Project of Rural Water Supply in the Eastern Province.

The first phase which was completed in March 2008 cost up to $6.1 million. It was used to construct piped water supply systems and to construct or rehabilitate hand pumps in Ngoma, Kayonza and Rwamagana districts. Some $16 million was spent on the second phase which was completed in July 2013. The money went towards constructio renovation and expansion of seven facilities for piped water supply systems at 11 sectors in Ngoma and Kirehe districts.

Japan’s volume of Official Development Assistance onbudget continues to increase from RWF 3,360 billion in 2012/13 to 17,163billion RWF in FY 2013/14. Japan is active in three sectors including Water and Sanitation, Agriculture, Energy and is silent in Transportation and Education.




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