The Rwandan government appreciates COFORWA’s contribution to water supply and sanitation, which will facilitate the country in meeting its 2024 goal.
The target of the Government of Rwanda as outlined in the National Strategy for Transformation, 2017-2024 (NST1), is to scale up clean water to all households.
In this regard, the government is increasing its investments in water pipe construction, extension, and rehabilitation, as well as collaborating with its partners.
50 years have passed since a Belgian priest, Sylvain Bourguet, was installed in the high mountains of Muhanga district’s Kibangu Sector. Kanyamigezi, a father, leader, and technician, became a pioneer in providing free water to the citizens.
COFORWA would not exist today if Bourguet had not founded it in 1972.
Eng Uwase Patricia, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Infrastructure, praised Coforwa’s contribution during the celebration of COFORWA’s 50th anniversary on December 16, 2022. The ceremony was held in Rwanda’s southern province’s Kibangu sector of Muhanga district.
It is an organization with practical grassroots-based experience in water supply, sanitation, and hygiene; rural energy and community development across Rwanda.
She noticed that COFORWA has been assisting the government in delivering water to the people for a long time, and it has received a world award from the reservoir in Bugesera District, which collects rainwater and then processes it so that students can drink it.
“COFORWA is a long-term partner who will truly assist us in achieving the national vision, because we still have time, even if it is limited, but we are asked to increase our efforts and the direction we will gather because it will not be reversed,” she says.
This historic achievement was also lauded by Kayitare Jacqueline, the Mayor of Muhanga District, who stated that Coforwa assisted in resolving the district’s water problem. He went on to say that it improved sanitation and hygiene, as well as calming the people who had to pump from afar.
She also noticed that COFORWA has constructed more than 15 wells, which are repaired by COFORWA and the district. She added that this organization has provided access to 15,000 kilometers of water pipes to six of the twelve sectors in the Ndiza region, including Muhanga District.
Kinyango Jean Paul, the president of COFORWA, assured that in order to keep its water distribution activities affordable for the people, the organization has established a water management school in the Kibangu Sector, which has graduated over 1000 people who assist the residents of those areas in keeping it running.
Kinyango Jean Paul, the Executive Director COFORWA guaranteed that in order to keep its water distribution activities affordable for the people, they have established a water management school in the Kibangu Sector, which has graduated over 1000 people who help the residents of those areas keep it running.
Some key achievements up to 2007, at least 388 water systems (gravity and pumping) of more than 1,905,946km length have been constructed.
There is one irrigation canal of 5.5km length constructed for agricultural purposes in Bukaba. More than 1,950 spring pumps are constructed.
44 boreholes are drilled and providing water. 21 rain water tanks are built at schools and 433 latrines are constructed in school areas and 115 bathrooms in schools for increasing hygiene practices. Six hydro-power plants are constructed.