Happy New Year. I first wanted to thank you for your prayers and support in different ways during last year. We have seen changes in the lives of many Rwandans who were suffering from lack to access to clean water. Children attend school more regularly and families are experiencing holistic development. May our Lord bless you for your tireless work. We hope that 2018 will continue to be a year of blessings.
20 Liters Program Report – December 2017
During the month of December 2017, the Gashora water team worked for fewer days than usual. This was to allow them to finish the harvest and celebrate the holidays. Volunteers gathered along with recipients to sift and wash sand for 8 days of the month. During this time, they were blessed with plenty of rain. As a result, they were able to assemble 201 SAM3 Household Filters. The filters were distributions to families in the villages of Rutanga and Rweteto. As usual, distributions were accompanied by trainings on filter maintenance, hygiene and sanitation.
In addition, Water Project volunteers performed 89 home visits. The focus of the visits was to reinforce training on filter maintenance. Volunteers also encouraged recipients to share clean water with their neighbors. Staff also trained 6 volunteers and health center staff from Rilima and Gashora who wanted additional training for the maintenance and use of Community Filters installed at their facilities.
Sharing is Caring.
During the month, one of our volunteers visited Pastor Venuste who had received a SAM3 Household Filter. Pastor Venuste lives next to a nursery school. He started sharing water from his filter with the 25 children who attend the school. The head of the school said that since they began to have clean water to share with their students, school attendance has increased from around 70% to 90%.
meeting challenges as a community
One consistent challenge for many of our volunteers has been the difficulty of completing home visits effectively. To conduct home visits, volunteers travel long distances on foot, carrying heavy supplies. In order to be prepared to repair filters, they often bring water, pumps, and even sand with them.
In response to this challenge, volunteer groups started groups to save money to purchase bicycles for each other. They expected to spend several years saving before purchases could be made. When staff heard about their efforts, we were able to find funds to help.
So far, 44 volunteers have received bikes. In the coming months, we will provide bikes to an additional 35 volunteers. The volunteers are deeply appreciative. They ”Thank everyone who contributed or is contributing to the success of the project. May the Lord bless abundantly our friends everywhere who pray for Rwandans and provide means to access clean and safe water”.
Check out our interactive program map for more detailed information.