This family of five, two parents and three children where doing laundry and bathing near lake Kivu in Rustiro District. The father of the family was doing laundry while the wife was washing the children. I approached the family and asked them why they were doing this. The man responded that they had no access to water at home. Every day, after working on their farm, this family comes to shower in the lake and clean their essentials. They also fetch water to take home with them for cooking and cleaning utensils and the house. The mother also brings the children in the morning to wash before school. This family is just one of the numerous families who have no other option than to use water from the lake due to no access to clean water. According to UNIVEF Rwanda, 25% of the population is still unable to access safe drinking water, while 26% of the population has no access to sanitation facilities. Rural areas are more affected.
By Uwizeye umuhire Blandine