Isuku Iwacu Project

Sustainable & high quality sanitation to decrease childhood stunting in Rwanda


The Isuku Iwacu project has been set up to increase local ownership and capacity to deliver sustainable, high quality sanitation and hygiene services in eight districts in Rwanda. Its ambition: decrease childhood stunting – impaired growth and development that children experience from poor nutrition and from growing up in unhygienic livelihoods.


To accomplish this goal, the Isuku Iwacu (“clean home”) project will improve access to and support correct, consistent use of household sanitation and hygiene facilities. In the first place it does so by directly supporting and contributing to efforts led by the Government of Rwanda to improve access to sanitation in Rwanda. Secondly it promotes district wide, private sector-driven household sanitation and hygiene interventions. Capacity development is a third focus area in the program. This includes introducing essential concepts and knowledge in health and sanitation, as well as rationale in constructing different latrine types by an international expert, to improve local capacities in developing and adopting improved latrine options. As a result of this, sanitation products & services providers in Rwanda will be able to develop diverse improved latrine packages that address the needs of people and adapt to the particular environmental settings and constraints.


In this project, WASTE brings in a tailor-made approach to sanitation marketing training and business development. In addition we support the roll out of District Sanitation Centers and technological training on latrine construction.


The Isuku Iwacu project in Rwanda is being implemented by a consortium of Non-Governmental Organizations headed by SNV, and including World Vision International and Water for People in the following eight districts: Kayonza, Kicukiro, Ngoma, Nyabihu, Nyanza, Nyarugenge, Ruhango, and Rwamagana.


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