Reforestation with native species, agroforestry and anti-erosion measures protect ecosystems so that they can continue to provide resources: clean water, food, water for agriculture, collection of abundant rainfall… The partners Greening Burundi and ASREEBU already have extensive experience with this.
Expansion of the drinking water infrastructure and professionalisation of management is a second course of action. The water will be directed from the source zones in the hills to the municipalities, for residents, schools, health centres … Join For Water also promotes ecological latrines for home and school.
AVEDEC has been a partner of ours since 2008, specialised in safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene and with thorough background knowledge of local policy.
Local organisations, government bodies, communities, schools … receive support and training in the field of ‘water rights’, about management of the systems in a sustainable way, and (awareness surrounding) the protection of water resources and rivers.
The University of Burundi is responsible for further research into the protection and conservation of water resources, water and soil management.
Join For Water has been active in Burundi since 1997, even if things are often difficult as a result of internal conflicts. The population can use all the support it can get.
In the province of Ngozi, Gitega, Karuzi, Bujumbura Rural, intensive work has already been done on the protection of sources, the construction of drinking water systems, restoration of drinking water points, building latrine blocks in schools and public areas …
The common thread has always been Integrated Water Management and the guidance of governments and local organisations to ensure proper management of the services.
Because of the civil war, Burundi has many vulnerable families with a widow as the head of the family. These families received extra help in creating a vegetable garden, a rainwater collection system, a better cooking fire and some poultry or goats.