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Amazi meza (Clean water) – Strengthening the access to potable water and hygiene for the rural Rwandan population




Aid type

Project-type interventions




€ 1,800,000
€ 1,080,000


The initiative arises from the thirty years of MLFM experience in Rwanda, in particular in the District of Gatsibo (Eastern Province), and from its recognized competence in the WASH sector. It is also the result of the synergy, already tested in other interventions, with the District of Gatsibo, the local authority responsible for future management, and with the Rwandan NGO Community Fountain Organization (CFO), whose experience in community mobilization, women empowerment and hygiene and sanitation education are complementary for the participation of the population and social sustainability. The outcome of the project is to guarantee sustainable access to drinking water and adequate sanitation conditions for the rural population of the Busetsa Cell (8525 inhabitants) whose population (especially women and children) is forced to walk for an average of 3 hours daily for water supply and currently without opportunities to maintain acceptable hygiene and sanitation conditions. The intervention acts on different levels where both technical infrastructural and a socio-institutional component are combined. Result1 - Increased sustainable access to drinking water for the local population and strengthened the public/private management system of the resource, through the construction of two water systems, that serves the 12 Villages of the Cell at a maximum distance of 250 meters from each residential area, a school group, a health center (with a catchment area of 30,536 people) and a health post, thus integrating the resource into these basic services not been provided so far. The management system is also expected to be strengthened, acting from the bottom, through the establishment and training of Water Users Committees for the management of water points which, in order to enhance the community participation, foresee a constant contact with the beneficiaries to encourage the management to be as participatory as possible; at the top of management, through intensive technical and organizational training to a selection of focal persons of public and private management bodies that fills the gaps highlighted in the need assessment and observed in these years of MLFM work on the field. R2 - Improved, at public and private level, the access to adequate sanitary conditions, i.e. to inclusive services for women of menstrual age and people with disabilities, providing a sustainable management from a technical and environmental point of view. The action operates on the structural improvement of sanitation facilities at school and household level, on the first point by building latrines, handwashing facilities, cisterns and girls rooms (rooms equipped for menstrual hygiene managements for girls), on the second by training the population for the autonomous construction of more hygienic, safe and sustainable domestic latrines. In a complementary way, the project will work, always both in schools and in the community, with training and awareness campaigns on hygiene, with a rooted bottom-up approach, which sees the structuring of permanent committees and clubs and with an important focus on female menstruation hygiene, a cause of stigma and socio-educational exclusion for adolescents and women of menstrual age. Finally, the project includes the establishment of two different forms of local micro-entrepreneurship initiatives, namely a female VSLA for the production of economically accessible recyclable menstrual sanitary pads and a cooperative for the management of organic waste from schools and private latrines, for their correct re-introduction into the environment in the form of compost, to protect environmental hygiene and the groundwater. read more close
Year Committed Used
2022 € 1,800,000 € 1,080,000


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 11000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code

Project data

  • IATI IdentifierXM-DAC-6-4-012590-08-8
  • CRS Activity identifier2022000324
  • AID012590/08/8
  • Planned start 2022/07/01
  • Planned End 2025/06/30
  • Actual start -
  • Actual end -
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Implementation
  • Tied status Tied


  • 12261 - Health education 25.0%
  • 14031 - Basic drinking water supply 40.0%
  • 14032 - Basic sanitation 20.0%
  • 14050 - Waste management/disposal 5.0%
  • 14081 - Education and training in water supply and sanitation 10.0%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality significant objective
  • Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) not targeted
  • Disability not targeted
  • Nutrition not targeted
  • Aid to Environment principal objective
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance significant objective
  • Trade Development not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) not targeted


  • 3.2 - By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births
  • 3.9 - By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination
  • 4.a - Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
  • 6.1 - By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
  • 6.2 - By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
  • 6.b - Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management