Greetings in the name of our Lord. During the month of August, the distribution went slowly due to insufficiency of water to wash sand but the water team used the time to do more home visits, conduct refresher trainings and record success stories. We also joined World Relief Rwanda staff in their annual retreat. It was a special time to rest, to be with our Lord, thank Him for all his blessings upon us, our families and the people we serve and we came renewed and refreshed.
As we continue to be in touch with the people we worked with in Kicukiro and Nyarugenge Districts, I was saddened to hear that 7 Rwandans who used water from Nyabarongo river were killed by crocodiles in the river recently. As many of our recipients still use Nyabarongo river as their main source of water; please join us in prayer for God’s protection and that God may open doors for solutions to other safe sources of clean water.
God bless you.
20 Liters Program Report – August 2017
During the month of August, the water team distributed water filters to 68 families in Gashora including 61 SAM 3 Filters in the Ramiro cell in Kagasa I and II Villages and 7 Slow Sand Filters in the Biryog cell. The usual monthly target of 200 filters was not achieved because of the dry season which makes it very difficult to find enough water for sand washing but there is a plan in place to catch up in the coming rainy season.
Since we were unable to focus on as many distributions, our staff and volunteers spent a significant amount of time conducting home visits to check on the operation of previously distributed filters. We visited 366 families in Mwogo, Juru, and Gashora Sectors. We found all filters working effectively. During these visits, our volunteers also conducted refresher trainings on filter backwashing, maintenance and hygiene, as usual.
Our volunteers also installed a Rain Water Harvest System with a 10,000-liter cistern at the Anglican Church of Biryogo. In looking at the existing metal roof of the church, technicians and the CNC agreed that the gutters for the system should also be metallic. As we look forward to the approaching rainy season, this tank will benefit the community very soon.
Check out our interactive program map for more detailed information.