It is with pleasure that I share with you this report for the month of September 2017. The reporting period was filled with field visits for program monitoring and home visits. But I also took the time to visit Ntarama and Juru to share results of the Health Impact Assessment conducted in the sectors. I thank God for the rain we had in the middle of the month which helped us and the water team in Gashora to resume the work and serve the most vulnerable with clean water through SAM 3 filters.
May our Lord be glorified,
20 Liters Program Report – September 2017
During the month of September, the water team distributed household filters to 157 families in Gashora. It was so good to have rain and resume the distribution at the normal pace and the distribution was accompanied by a training on filter maintenance and messages on hygiene and sanitation as usual. The focus was still on Ramiro cell, in Migina, Kurusine I, and Kagasa II. Volunteers were also able to sift and wash sand for future distributions.
294 Home Visits were performed in the sectors of Gashora and Mwogo with an emphasis on encouraging recipients to regularly backwash filters. All filters visited were working well – possibly better than previously as the recent rain improved the quality of water available before filtering [rain water is much cleaner than swamp water].
All SAM 2 Community Filters were also checked in the reporting period and are working well. We found that Ntarama Sector had one SAM2 filter at the Kibungo Primary school which was not being fully used but with the change in leadership of the school this challenge was also addressed and now the filter is serving school children, staff and the community surrounding the school.
On September 19th and 20th, meetings were held with local leaders, pastors, volunteers and project beneficiaries to share the results of the health impact assessment conducted and to discuss next steps. In Juru, assessments found that filters continued to be well maintained. In Ntarama, there was an improvement from 70% of the filters working at the time of assessment to 85%. Recommendations were made to organize refresher trainings on filter backwashing at village level and work with community health workers, local leaders and pastors to provided other messages filter care and hygiene.
Finally, a Rain Water Harvest System was installed at the Inkurunziza Church of Mwendo, Kayovu village and is serving close to 75 homes surrounding the church building. Visits to existing Rain Water Harvest Systems revealed that they were filled with water from the rain and actively serving the community.
Check out our interactive program map for more detailed information.