20 Liters Program Report – October 2017
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. During the month of October, we have been blessed to have 20 Liters team from the U.S. visit. It was time to know each other, go to the field together and share our experiences. Personally, I was energized by having the team among us and I got new insights on how we can continue to improve the work we do to serve the most vulnerable. I am confident that their visit left the same feelings with other team members and volunteers they met. May God bless them and everyone who contributed to the success of their visit in different ways.
Report of October 2017 Solution Distributions
During the month of October, the Gashora water team volunteers profited from the rain to catch up with the delay observed in the dry season and distributed household filters to 174 families. The distribution which focused on villages of Kurusine and Kagasa was accompanied by trainings on filter maintenance, hygiene and sanitation.
Volunteers performed home visits to 514 households in the sectors of Gashora, Mwogo and Juru to emphasize and encourage recipients on regular backwashing but also address issues found. All filters were working well.
Also in October, volunteers installed a SAM2 community filter in the Rilima Health Center. This system will serve approximately 280 patients and health center staff each day. Originally, we had planned to install this system later. But, in order to help the Health Center meet their annual performance goals, our staff decided to prioritize installing this system.
A Rain Water Harvest System was installed at the Restoration Church of Gashora and is serving close to 315 homes surrounding the church building. The cistern is smaller than usual due to the roof size of the Church building, but that is as intended.
Additional Activities to Report for October 2017
Finally, World Relief Rwanda received direct support from KCB Bank in Kigali to install an additional five Rain Water Harvest Systems. Staff consulted with local church network committees to identify the churches that will receive these systems. The committees decided to have the systems installed on churches in Ntarama, Juru, Gashora and Rilima. Volunteers built all of these systems in two weeks of intensive work. The systems were dedicated on November 3rd. These tanks will serve at least 2,500 people.