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Rwanda Development Board launches Kwita Izina water projects

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Jun 17, 2011

(eTN) - Tourism and conservation today launched their annual Kwita Izina-related projects in the presence of local, regional, and international media representatives and witnessed by local government leaders, conservation partners, and most important, large numbers of beneficiaries from the local communities living around the Volcanoes National Park.

Fifty-two household-based water tanks were installed to harvest rain water for domestic use, garden irrigation, and watering livestock, while a further 4 community-based water tanks with capacities up to 80,000 liters were also handed over to the local people, including water dispensation units easily accessible by families living nearby.

Ms. Claire Akamanzi, Deputy CEO of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), and the head of tourism and conservation, Ms. Rica Rwigamba, were at hand to "cut the tapes" and formally commission the tanks at various locations, highlighting in their various addresses the importance of good relations with the locals and how much better the livelihood of the various villages are now that funds from tourism income and specific donations made are channeled back into the grassroot levels.

On Saturday, the annual naming of 22 new born gorillas will take place, and this correspondent will report live from the event in Kinigi, Musanze District.

Rwanda Development Board launches Kwita Izina water projects
Photo by Wolfgang H. Thome

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