DRC: a drinking water supply project for several villages in Ruzizi

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RDC : un projet d’adduction d’eau potable en faveur de plusieurs villages à Ruzizi©KAWEESTUDIO/Shutterstock

The Women's Association for the Promotion and Endogenous Development (AFPDE) is launching the construction of drinking water supply systems in the Ruzizi area of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The project will benefit five villages, as well as some health care facilities.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), associations are joining forces with the government to provide drinking water in rural areas. In this context, the Women’s Association for the Promotion and Endogenous Development (AFPDE) is implementing a drinking water supply project in the Ruzizi health zone, in the territory of Uvira, which is a deconcentrated administrative entity of the province of South Kivu.

The project will benefit the sanitized villages of the city of Sange, the health centre of Nazareno, the Baptist Church in DR Congo (CBCA) in the health area of Nazareno, Kagurube and Mikamba in the health area of Kigurwe and Runingu.

Support from Germany and UNICEF

According to AFPDE, the project includes boreholes equipped with solar photovoltaic pumps, with 20 m3 tanks. Drinking water will be distributed to the population and to health facilities via five standpipes with double services per borehole.

AFPDE has entrusted the work to Go Uélé. The DR-Congolese company was also responsible for the geophysical and hydrogeological studies for the project. The initiative is supported by Germany through its Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), as well as by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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The drinking water supply project that is starting in Ruzizi is a component of the project “Support for strengthening the resilience of health structures, schools and communities in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for the fight against chronic malnutrition in ten health areas in the Ruzizi health zone”. AFPDE launched this project in December 2021 for a period of 12 months. At least 75 villages in the DRC are expected to benefit.

Inès Magoum


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