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Do you know that Sanitation is a necessity for a healthy life?

May 25th, 2019


Sanitation is one of the most important aspects of community well-being because it protects human health, extends life spans, and is documented to provide benefits to the economy. Sanitation (e.g. toilets, latrines, mechanized wastewater treatment).

Therefore the 2015 United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 for 2030 aims to achieve equitable access to safely managed water and adequate sanitation for all and end open defecation. Achieving universal and equitable sanitation for all will require access to information and data on pathogens and sanitation technologies and a network of community.

Being concerned with this sanitation issue, Hope for Family, a local NGO operating in Rwanda offered 100 "Kandagirukarabe" to a 100 beneficiaries' families in Shyogwe Sector of Muhanga District.

Kandagirukarabe is a small water container, placed in front of latrines for washing after one eases themselves.

It is a simple hand washing equipment where a small jar or container with clean water is positioned at the top and connected to a peddle that exerts pressure open the flow of water from the container. At the base of the equipment, is an empty jerrycan connected to a sink by a plastic or rubber pipe that collects dirty water after washing hands. The dirty water is easily disposed off when full.

The step and wash is a simple technology that reduces the rate of disease infection and saves millions of Francs during the treatment of some diseases and help in human security problem.

Globally, 946 million people still open defecate (9 out of 10 live in rural areas), 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation (7 out of 10 in rural areas), 663 million lack access to basic water sources, and diarrhea is the second leading cause of death in children under five much of which is preventable by clean water and sanitation (WHO/UNICEF JMP, 2015; WHO, 2017).

The primary goal of Hope of Family is to promote parental involvement in their children education while improving families’socio-economic status.