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Rwanda: Progress on water and health clinic projects address economic and health needs

In Nyarubuye, PICO Rwanda leaders organized more than 1,000 people who are laying the foundation for a health clinic that will serve 20,000 families from 10 villages. The clinic is being built on land that was secured in negotiations with local political leaders. Community and government leaders continue conducting a health education campaign about coronavirus. The Mumeya and Rusumo clinics constructed by PICO Rwanda leaders in rural communities are providing the public health infrastructure that is the key to success in combatting the pandemic. This community-based approach is widely recognized as essential to any successful public health system.

In Nyange, leaders are completing construction of a storage and pumping system to bring water from the valley to the highway rest stop and market. They are now planning construction of modern toilets and a roadside market so travelers have place to stop, rest and shop for farm goods. Finding ways to provide sustainable income is a critical question for rural communities in Rwanda and other African countries.

Rwanda is seen as a model of economic growth, gender equity, and public health investment for many developing countries, but mushrooming youth populations and growing wealth disparity are challenges that can only be addressed if grassroots people learn to hold government accountable to those issues. We ask for you continued financial support for PICO Rwanda. Vote for people who share our belief that we live in a global community.

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