Muhanga District officials have hailed the Belgian Nongovernmental organization (Protos) for its efforts to promote rural development activities especially providing clean water, protecting the environment and hygiene.
In a bid to implement these activities effectively, the project donated three brand new motorbikes to its partners as a way of facilitating the coordination of the activities in the rural areas of Muhanga district.
Protos conducts its activities through its key partners- COFORWA, UGAMA-CSC, DUHAMIC-ADRI- whose objectives and mission is to improve lives of rural residents.
Hakizimana Jean Pierre, the Protos project coordinator says that the project specifically aims to improve the living conditions of the rural population in Muhanga District
Some of the activities include construction, and in consultation with local partners, small gravity irrigation systems, protection of natural resources, and the construction of health infrastructure.
Other include the establishment of consultative bodies on the integrated management of water basins in local and district level, by encouraging the sustainable management of small water pipe systems and protected sources.
The Muhanga district vice mayor in charge of social affairs, Fortunée Mukagatana said that the activities of Protos should be emulated by other NGO’s in the district, since most of the work needed to improve lives of Rwandans is basically in the rural areas.
There are at least 104 NGO’s operating in Muhanga, and according to the representative of the NGO’s forum, Gonzague Biziyaremye, most of the organizations base their activities in the town centers, yet most of the workload on improving the social and economic welfare is highly needed in the rural areas.