The Burundi Red Cross officially handed over a drinking water supply network to residents of Gahombo commune of the province of Kayanza on 07 November 2018. Built with the support of the Japanese Government, the Gikombe-nzewe network is 21.7 km long. Thanks to this network, over 74,000 people have access to drinking water, which means about 15,000 households in Mbogwe, Ceyerezi, Mwenene and Nzewe. Additionally, schools such as the Mwenene Basic School, St Jean Bosco High School and the Kirombwe Trades Center will also be supplied with drinking water.
This donation was unanimously saluted by the beneficiaries and the local administration. « We welcome the fruitful collaboration with the Burundi Red Cross. This water supply is a vivid proof, « said Mr. Melchior, advisor to the Governor of Kayanza Province.
The Japanese Ambassador, Mr. Miyashita, who enhanced the ceremony with his presence, is satisfied with the work done by the Burundi Red Cross. He asks people to take care of the infrastructure that will significantly reduce dirty hands diseases. The president of the Burundi Red Cross, Mr. Pamphile KANTABAZE, on his part, thanked the Japanese ambassador for this gift, which alleviates the suffering of the most vulnerable people. And he calls the volunteers of the Red Cross to serve as a model for the whole community for the maintenance of this water supply network.
This social infrastructure comes in addition to the construction phase of the Makaba-Mubogora supply water network whose works were completed in November 2017. The overall cost of the works is estimated at more than 170,000,000 Burundian Francs.