2017-2021 (Burundi) Agua potable, higiene y saneamiento in Busiga et Mwumba

In 2017 Protos started activities in de province of Ngozi, in the municipalities of Busiga and Mwumba. It is a densely populated rural region in northern Rwanda, with low access rates to water and a lot of poverty. Rode Kruis Vlaanderen and Vétérinaires sans Frontières are partners of Protos for certain aspects.


Een werf voor Ecosan-latrines © Protos
  1.  There is drinking water and sanitary infrastructure and it is well managed.
  2. Local authorities and other involved parties are trained and know their duties and responsibilities (capacity building).
  3. Socio-economic circumstances have improved for 200 underpriviliged families. An underpriviliged family can be a family headed by a widow, or a family that suffers from malnutrition.
  4. ​Lessons learned are collected and disseminated at all levels.

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Grupo meta
  • Access to drinking water : +/- 15.000 people
  • Access to sanitation: +/- 6.500 people
  • Special attention for underpriviliged families:  200 women-head of family; or 1.200 people (out of 6.500) 
Financiamiento / presupuesto / período


  • DGD
  • ACLVB/CGSLB via Sociaal Fonds Voeding VIA
  • Private donations


  • 2017-2021



Actividades & resultados

1.  Construction and management of infrastructure

  • Rehabilitation or expansion of 7 drinking water systems
  • Construction of 12 sanitary facilities in 6 schools
  • Construction of 100 EcoSan latrines and 300 latrines with concrete cover plate

2. Capacity building (execution: partner AVEDEC)

  • Training for municipal authorities on project ownership (client-contractorship), integrated water resources management, planning, tenders, exchange,...
  • Delegation of management to local structures where water users are involved: learning how it is done and how to make sure that it works properly.
  • Sensitization of the population, especially through schools and families, regarding good hygienical behavior and local implementation of IWRM.

3. Improved situation for underpriviliged families

  • 200 underpriviliged families receive a family pack that contains:
    • (1) a latrine, a kitchen garden, a compost bin, a more efficient oven, a rainwater harvesting system
    • (2) goats; breeding programme for the production of milk and organic fertiliser (used in the kitchen garden)
    • (3) shower, drying rack, hand wash basin
  • The families receive training on use and maintenance.

4. Lessons learned

  • The experiences/findings of all activities will be collected and disseminated: locally, towards other municipalities, water sector, public service offices, etc.
  • Particularly the underpriviliged families will get a survey on actual improvements of the situation thanks to the family pack.
  • AVEDEC: Association Villageoise pour l’Entraide et le Développement Communautaire, a Protos partner since 2008 

Would you like to support this program? Please contact Harald van der Hoek, thematic and geographic adviser for Burundi: harald [dot] vanderhoek [at] protos [dot] ngo