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Water for everyone – Supplying water in rural Africa

The Trócaire team from Malawi, Rwanda and Zimbabwe, presented their innovative and sustainable work on supplying water, at the rural water supply network forum (RWSN) this week.

The RWSN Forum is the foremost global event on rural water services and takes place every 5 years. The 7th RWSN Forum, held in the Ivory Coast, explored the practicalities of reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Human Right to Water in rural areas and small towns.

The team contributed lots of valuable innovative experiences and sustainable technologies to the discourse, including rainwater harvesting technologies and community solar systems.

Community Solar Systems in Malawi

Trócaire Malawi is providing water to homes using community solar systems. Salome Mumba, Trócaire Water Field Officer in Malawi presented our work at this global forum, attended by over 600 participants.

Salome Mumba from Trócaire Malawi

Caption: Salome Mumba, Trócaire Water Field Officer, Malawi explains our work on Solar systems for community domestic supply to RWSN visitors.

Supplying water for drylands in Zimbabwe

Nelly Maonde and Melody Makumbe explained Trócaire Zimbabwe’s sustainable systems for supplying water for growing dryland in Zimbabwe.

Nelly Maonde and Melody Makumbe Trocaire Zimbabwe

Caption: Trócaire’s Livelihoods Programme Officers Nelly Maonde (Zimbabwe), and partner field officer Melody Makumbe sharing knowledge on sustainable ground water development.

Rainwater harvesting in Rwanda

Trócaire Rwanda presented an 18-month pilot project in nine villages in upland Rwanda, which provided technologies for rainwater harvesting from roofs, and from the ground. Families in the villlage used the harvested rainwater to water and maintain small vegetable gardens. Read this short paper prepared for the RWSN.

New ideas were gathered to help solve specific existing challenges. The team are going back to Rwanda with ‘Tulip’ water filters for families to trial purifying the water in their new rainwater tanks.

Emmanuel Karulinda and Janvier Ngabo Trocaire Rwanda

Caption: Emmanuel Karulinda and Janvier Ngabo,Trocaire Rwanda and Trócaire partner water Field Officer glean new ideas from posters at the RWSN Forum, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.


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