By Elias Hakizimana.
Pastors and Christians smile as they benefited from good Samaritan’s water distribution scheme that reached out Christian Churches countrywide.
Over 360 water tanks worth RWf 1m each were distributed according to Peace Plan Rwanda.
This water will help Christians and neighbors of the churches who have been struggling to fetch stained water from the valleys.
Maria Kamanzi, Executive Director of Peace Plan said the initiative was to celebrate the achievement of this scheme initiated by Peace Plan and sponsored by Sadobaka-California based Christians who have been in Rwanda for humanitarian and worship activities.
The celebration dubbed’ Peace Water Celebration’ took place on January 7, 2019 in Kigali, gathering together all pastors from Christian Churches countrywide.
Germaine Murekatete, Pastor of Life christian in Rwamagana District said that this water facility contributed enough for the well-being of Christians and citizens in general.
“It was not easy to find water in our location and our Christians used to face thirsty while worshiping due to lack of water. The water tank helped us enough as we could fail to clean the church before getting this facility. The church and neighboring citizens are happy now,” Murekatete said smiling.
She noted also that the initiative boosted the capacity of the church and served as a key criteria among the requirement of legally recognized churches in Rwanda.
“I was afraid that they can close my church because we did not have the water tank, which is vital for churches,” She noted.
Pastor Naomi Mukambabazi of EPR Paroisse Ruhango also appreciates the initiative that she said it helped to tackle water scarcity at the church and in the location.
“In fact water was an issue, either water to drink of for sanitation was very difficult to find it. People used to go down hills to fetch water and some could back home without water. Today they are accessing to clean water for drinking and cleaning,” Mukambabazi said.
According to Larry Mc Bride and his wife Carolyn Mc Bride, founder of No Thirsty Child who have sponsored the scheme, this water will help the people of Rwanda will improve their health though having clean water.
“When we came here in Rwanda in 2007, we saw the children and women struggling to bring water home every day and we went back to California to see how we could help Rwanda especially women and children to handle water issues, and we started from the churches” Larry said.
” At least $1,500 was invested per a church to install the tanks and cleaning facility. the next step is up to the churches of Rwanda to follow on better use and management of the water,” he added.
we believe clean water is important for good health, and we are so excited to see the changes in Rwanda over the past ten years, so many wonderful things are happening to make the people healthier and happier and we are very pleased to part of it. We believe that the churches are important source of improving lives for Rwandan community and we are happy to be inspired by God to work with rural churches to bring clean water programmes, and health and hygiene information to the members of the churches,” Carolyn noted.
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