Kabare sector inaugurated a newly constructed public toilet during the celebrations of the International World Water Day on April 18, 2018, witnessed by representatives of the district, CHAIN partners, local manufacturing companies and USAID Twiyubake team (Global Communities and Young Women's Christian Association of Rwanda).

The event featured a role play by the USAID Twiyubake-supported “New Hope Youth Club” on water, hygiene and sanitation, a testimony from a beneficiary, and speeches from different stakeholders, encouraging Kabare sector residents to embrace positive WASH behaviors and recognizing the achievement of the joint public private partnership.

Kayonza is one of the districts most affected by poor hygiene and sanitation conditions. According to the Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) 2014-2015, 95.8 % of children under 5 in Kayonza district do not use pit latrines as they are unsafe, not covered, and often do not have a roof. The unsafe disposal of children’s feces is a contaminant in household environments, posing a high risk of exposure to children. In addition, 42.5% of children under 5 are suffering from stunting and 11 % from diarrhea. Only 33.5 % of households use a hand washing station with soap and water in Kayonza.

The six-door public toilet is intended to serve as a model to encourage the construction and use of safe covered latrines, and proper handwashing in households across the district. The construction followed the guidance set out in the Guideline of Latrine Technologies Usable in Rwanda (MININFRA 2011) provided by the WASH coordination office at the Ministry of Health.

To mobilize resources for the construction of the toilets, the USAID Twiyubake team initiated a broad outreach to local private manufacturing companies. Four private manufacturing companies – Ruliba Clay Ltd., Cimerwa Ltd., Petrocom Ltd., and Steelrwa Industries Ltd. - responded positively to the call and donated various construction materials for the project, as a demonstration of their corporate social responsibility to local communities. Ruliba donated bricks worth Rwf 800,000 (US$ 940), Cimerwa donated 20 bags of cement valued Rwf 170,000 (US$200), Steelrwa Industries donated reinforcing steel bars worth Rwf 95,400 (US$112), and Petrocom provided iron sheets worth Rwf 91,500 (US$108).

The largest contribution to this project was made by the Kabare sector and the local community, who availed Rwf 1 million (US$1,176), and free labor, respectively, to complete the project. The district of Kayonza coordinated the activity, while Kabare sector provided manpower and materials for the construction.YWCA staff contributed Rwf 120,000 for the doors.

Kayonza district authorities choose to build the public toilets next to the Kabare sector office in respect of the sector administration’s demonstrated efforts to promote WASH education and practices in the sector, and commitment to maintain the facility. In addition, the sector office is next to a very busy commercial center accessed by many people, making toilet facilities an absolute necessity.  

During the event, Diogene Zinarizina, Marketing Representative at Ruliba Clays Ltd., thanked the private companies for their trust to speak on their behalf. He expressed his company’s commitment to continue this collaboration to respond to the development goals of the community. He observed that a toilet solves a lot of issues around hygiene and sanitation, which had been showcased by the role play performed by the youth.

To the community, the Vice Mayor in charge of Social Affairs Mr. Jean Damascene Harerimana explained, “We should gratefully accept the value the private sector gave us through this donation, it is an opportunity for us to use this model to construct and maintain our toilets at home as we now understand the importance of a model pit latrine.” He encouraged Kabare sector residents to change their behavior towards hygiene and sanitation and to fight malnutrition through establishing kitchens gardens, planting a fruit trees and acquiring small livestock, which are endeavors supported by the present non-governmental partner organizations.”

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