20 Liters Program Report – July 2017
Greetings from Rwanda. This month, the team in the field was able to visit 20 homes of the most vulnerable in the Gashora Sector of Rwanda and facilitated access to clean and safe drinking water by using slow sand filters. The recipients send their thanks to you and ask for your prayers. This month there were presidential elections in Rwanda. Rwandans elected President Paul Kagame to a third term. We thank God that everything went well with field activities and that elections were peaceful. May our Lord bless you.
Report of July 2017 Solution Distributions
During the month of July, the Gashora water team distributed SAM3 household filters to 232 families. The distribution was accompanied by a training on filter maintenance and messages on hygiene and sanitation. Our focus was still on villages of Kagasa I and II.
In addition, volunteers distributed 20 Slow Sand filters to families. This was less than anticipated due to several factors. First, a lack of required sand caused delays in the sand sifting and washing process. Second, a lack of available water due to the dry season. Finally, the weight of the sand in the slow sand filters caused transportation complications and delays. Considering these challenges, project staff and volunteers met with Pastors to discuss the progress in Kagarama village and find solutions to the challenges. We decided to reduce our goals for slow sand filters until the rainy season arrives resolving two of our three issues. The Pastors have also promised to find additional volunteers to help with the transportation of filters to the homes of recipients.
Our team also installed a Rain Water Harvest System at the Baptist Church of Munyinya village in the Gashora Sector. Initially, our team planned to install a 5,000 Liter cistern for the project. But, after analyzing the options and discussing the project with the Church Network Committee, we decided that a 10,000 Liter cistern would be more appropriate. Our biggest considerations were the roof capacity of the church building to collect water and our desire to serve as many people as possible.
Our team also conducted follow up in Mwogo, Juru and Gashora. Reports indicate that SAM3 household filters and SAM2 community filters are working well in these sectors. The primary challenge continues to be the dry season. Without rain, families are forced to draw their water from swamps and lakes. This water is stagnant and heavy with sediment, which leads to more frequent backwashing of filters. Volunteers continued to encourage recipients to regularly backwash. We are also testing the effectiveness of increasing the quantity of sand in SAM3 Household filters to manage these concerns.