5 million people in Rwanda do not have clean water.

4.3 million people in Rwanda do not have a decent toilet.

Over 900 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation in Rwanda.

Since the genocide in 1994, Rwanda's economy has grown dramatically, showing inspiring signs of development. However, nearly two in three people live in poverty and millions still lack clean water and basic toilets.

The crisis

Post-genocide Rwanda is striving to rebuild its economy and has shown a strong commitment to improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene. This political will is crucial but there is still much to do.

5 million people have no access to a clean water supply and 4.3 million have no decent toilet. This has a huge impact on health and infant mortality in the country, with over 900 children dying every year from preventable diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation.

Our approach

WaterAid has been working in Rwanda since 2009. We work closely with the government to ensure water, sanitation and hygiene stay on the agenda and plans are carried out in an effective, integrated way.

At the same time, we support local partners to build their capacity and reach even more of the poorest people with life-changing clean water and decent toilets. All the technologies we use are low-cost and sustainable.

We are also developing water point mapping and monitoring systems. These will provide an accurate picture of water access nationally and help ensure efforts to improve services will benefit those most in need.

In Rwanda last year we reached:

  • 4,000 people with clean water
  • 7,000 people with improved sanitation.