First and foremost, I am encouraged by the commitment of volunteers to water project. Volunteers organized themselves in small groups for making sifting and washing sand as well as assembling water filters in order to have a team every day at the sites to accelerate the distribution. The work of water volunteers continued to impressed me as they spend many days working on filters assembling and building Rain Water Harvest Systems. We pray for many blessings to all donors that keep thinking on how the lives of communities in Rwanda can be improved by providing them a clean water.
Program Report – January 2019
In January 2019, there was shortage of rain water in general but more especially in Bugesera district. Water Project Staff decided to buy water in order to continue the distribution of Slow Sand Filters to households in Gashora. Water Project Volunteers then distributed 62 slow sand filters to families in Biryogo Village. This was less than the target of distributing 90 filters. The Water Project team still plans to complete all intended filter distributions in Gashora by the end of February 2019. As the distribution went on, recipients were also trained on how to maintain their slow sand filters and on hygiene and health.
Also during January 2019, Water Project Volunteers in Gahanga assembled SAM3 Household Filters and distributed 71 Filters to families in the areas of Murinja, Gahanga, Kagasa and Karembure. The final 84 SAM3 filters that have been planned for Gahanga will be distributed during the month of February 2019.
On Thursday January 17th, the Water Project conducted a refresher training for 35 volunteers in the Rilima sector. They were taught hygiene promotion and the importance of drinking clean water. AS well as additional training on the assembling of water filters, filling of sand and filter back washing. After training, a distribution of 35 water filters was done for all Rilima volunteers. Having water filters will enable them to be familiar with using them, maintaining and repairing them when needed in order to be able to help other beneficiaries of water filters during home visits.
The Water Project also was able to build a Rain Water Harvesting System at Friends Church, in Karambo village in Rilima. This system will serve 214 households surrounding the church.
Finally, Water Project Volunteers performed home visits in the sectors of Ntarama, Mwogo, Juru, Gashora, and Gahanga. They visited in total 520 SAM3 Household Filters and 26 Slow Sand Filters; among checked filters, volunteers changed sand for 7 water filters, did backwashing for 14 filters while remaining filters were found well-functioning. Water Project Volunteers from Rilima along with the Project Technical Assistant, checked, repaired and did general backwashing the SAM2 Community Filters, installed at Rilima Health Centre and Rilima Secondary School.