During the month of December 2018, I was so impressed by the commitment of volunteers who say that they are determined to do work of volunteerism since they were chosen by their church leaders. They referred to 1 Corinthians 15: 58 [Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.] and said that they are very blessed to join that group to support the poor by providing materials to give safe water to the most vulnerable people. We pray for God’s blessings that continue to be on our friends overseas who support us to serve the most vulnerable in this country of Rwanda.
Program Report – December 2018
In December 2018, Gashora water project volunteers continued the assembly and distribution of Slow Sand Filters. Filters were distributed to: 7 families in Bidudu village, 15 families in Biryogo village and 44 families in Gihanama village. It was still a sunny season in Gashora, which slowed down progress toward our monthly target for distribution. But, Water Project Volunteers prepared enough sand to be used in coming months as we plan to complete the distribution of slow sand filters by February 2019.
Also in December, Water Project Volunteers in Gahanga distributed SAM3 Household Filters to 221 families in the cells of Murinja, Gahanga, Nunga I, Rwabutenge and Kagasa. Beneficiaries received training on filter maintenance and backwashing as well as hygiene promotion. It is planned to distribute more 155 SAM3 filters in January 2019 in order to complete the activity of distribution of additional 600 SAM3 filters in Gahanga sector.
Home visits were performed in the sectors of Gahanga, Gashora and Mwogo during the reporting period. Water project team helped households to have filters working well by repairing and making backwashing of distributed filters. Recipients were also requested to filter water for their neighbors who don’t have filters. In total, 279 homes with SAM3 filters were visited. Water Project Volunteers also visited 7 schools and health centers having SAM2 Community filters and 9 churches with Rain Water Harvest Systems, for checking their functionality and supporting the users on maintenance and repair. The activity was done in the sectors of Gahanga, Mwogo and Gashora.
On 11th December 2018, the team hosted a mobilization meeting in Rilima sector for Church Network Committee members, volunteers, local leaders to review lists of water filter beneficiaries and review the activities planned starting in Jan 2019. This meeting was attended by 100 participants out of 139 invited due to much rain which started that morning. Participants discussed how activities will be done, starting with selection of beneficiaries and sharing of how planned Rain Water Harvest Systems will be shared in Rilima sector.
Finally, a refresher training for pastors and volunteers on filter maintenance, repair, and backwashing was requested by Church leaders in Ntarama during the phase out preparation meeting conducted on 29th November 2018. This meeting was conducted on 18th December 2018, with 18 church leaders and 20 volunteers participating.