Upgrading of slum zones of Karongi and Rusizi Districts in Western Province project

What the project was about

 The Storm water canal in Kamembe and Kiniha slum zones for mitigating the environmental related disasters

Rwanda is enclosed country with a small surface of 26 338 sq km and a population of around 10 millions. Rwanda has a density of 340 inhabitants per sq km highest in Africa. Recently Rwanda is characterized by unprecedented rapid urbanization, 20% of Rwandan population is living in urban areas, and this proportion will reach 30% in 2020. However more urban population in Rwanda is living in poor condition without access to basic sanitation facilities. And more urban centres are characterized by informal settlement. Karongi and RUSIZI urban areas are deteriorated, the population living in this areas need roads, sanitation facilities, landfill for solid waste management, rain water harvesting etc.

The main objective of this project was to increase the access of the population of KAMEMBE (Rusizi) and KINIHA (Karongi) to basic sanitation infrastructures.
The project will contributed to the capacity building of the district staff in the infrastructures and urbanization sector in the protection of urban environment.

Project achievements

  • Seven (7) stand pipe water points with 4 taps each (kiosque) were constructed, five in Karongi District and two in Rusizi District in 2011;
  • Three blocks of toilets were constructed in Karongi District, Finished in 2011;
  • One equipped house for fish and vegetable store was constructed at MURURU in Rusizi District , in 2011;
  • 2770 meters of storm water canal were constructed in different corners of Karongi and Rusizi urban areas: 1410 meters in Karongi District sector of Bwishyura and 1360 leniar meters in Rusizi (Kamembe sector);
  • Feasibility studies of solid waste management were conducted in Rusizi and Karongi towns and this led to development of pilot projects on solid waste management in those towns;
  • Members of fish sellers cooperative in Rusizi were trained on financial management, book keeping  and accounting;
  • The project also led to the realisation of urban, financial and organisational audit of Karongi and Rusizi districts.

Project impacts

  • The urban hygienic conditions were improved due to the availability of the public latrines and water points thereby reducing the epidemic diseases;
  • Poverty reduction: improved communication in Rusizi and Karongi urban centres due to the construction of the storm water canals and bridges in those two cities;
  • 785 families benefited from the money injected in those activities in Rusizi District and 986 families in Karongi District and this had a significant impact in the increase of household economy.
  • Limitation of the erosion and the protection of human life by construction of the storm water canals and bridges.
  •  Limitation of the environmental pollution and promotion of  hygienic measures of the population by constructing public toilets and water points.
  • The Kivu Lake has been protected against all the residues that were flowing from uphill and they are filtrated and removed in the storm water canals before reaching the lake.

Who finances it

Year Donor Contributed amount
2008 Rwanda USD 201,000
  UNDP USD 200,000
  One Fund USD 233,000
2009 Rwanda USD 219,000
  UNDP USD 170,000
2010 Rwanda USD  80,000
  UNDP USD 350,000
  One Fund USD 100,000
2011 UNDP USD 100,000
  One Fund USD 114,530.24
2012 UNDP USD 250,000

Total expenditures

Year Contributed amount
2009 USD 162.989
2010 USD 456,151
2011 USD 214,530.24

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