International World Water Day is an important day for people around the world to pause and reflect on just how important water is to our lives. And to imagine what it would be like to not have access to clean water or to only be able to access it by traveling hours to get it. It is estimated that worldwide, 780 million do not have access to an improved water source.
In Rwanda, it is estimated that 30% of the population does not have access to clean water. There are so many initiatives in Rwanda working to improve this statistic and this day was a great chance to reflect and celebrate on all that has been done. But, there is still so far to go. And that’s why business solutions like what we offer at IRIBA are so important.
To celebrated International World Water Day, we officially launched our first water plant in Ruramira sector, in Kayonza District, in Eastern Rwanda. This was one of our flagship projects when IRIBA was just starting up back in 2017. This solar powered water plant has now provided 4,000 households with clean water, every day. This event on March 22nd, was a chance to celebrate the project and officiate the water plant, under WASAC, the Rwandan government in charge of water and sanitation. The local leaders and community members were really grateful for the impact this water pump has had on their lives and community.
This was also a chance to celebrate all that we’ve achieved as IRIBA Water Group to date. We’re grateful for the partnerships and key people that have allowed to us reach where we are. But, there are still so many people in rural and urban water who don’t have access to clean water. We were reminded that there is still much to achieve and we are looking forward to continuing to innovate and bring water solutions to every corner of Rwanda.