20 Liters Program Report – June 2017
Greetings from a sunny and hot Rwanda. This month has been very productive for us in terms of field activities because the goals set were overachieved. I was happy to welcome interns from the University of Rwanda to help us in our work as I had to take my annual leave to have time to rest. We pray for God to continue to bless the ongoing process of implementation in Gashora Sector. I also heard bad news during my leave which saddened me. One of our volunteers in Mwogo called Callixte lost his wife, he is the second of our volunteers to lose a wife this year. So, we also ask prayers for Callixte’s family, for God’s comfort and strength
Report of June 2017 Solution Distributions
During the month of June, the 20 Liters team distributed SAM3 household filters to 271 families in the Gashora sector. This brings the total of filters distributed to 836 filters since March. This month, we focused on the villages in the Ramiro cell. Despite the challenges of finding adequate supplies of clean water for washing sand to assemble filters during the dry season, our volunteers were able to assemble filters for three of the nine villages in the Ramiro cell.
In addition to filter distributions, our volunteers built two Rain Water Harvest Systems. At the Pentecostal Church ADEPR in the village of Bidudu, we were able to install two cisterns. The first one is 10,000 liters and the other is 5,000 liters. In the village of Runzenze, the Church Network Committee decided to put a Rain Water Harvest System on the Presbyterian school instead of on the church itself. This was decided because the church building is old and will soon be renovated.
Our team conducted home visits in Mwogo, Juru and Gashora. These visits are used to check on how the SAM3 household filters are being used, maintained and the impact they are making on the families. Some of the families in Gashora told us they had to back-wash their filter at least once a day. This is because of the large amount of sediment in the water supply. To address this problem, our volunteers are adding more sand to these filters. We hope this will pull more sediment out of the water during the primary filter process. We are staying in contact with these families to ensure this actually improves the filter function.
Finally, our team did SAM2 community filter and Rain Water Harvest System checks in the same sectors. There weren’t any reported issues with the community filters, but since it is the middle of the dry season, many of the Rain Water Harvest System cisterns are empty. Some of the churches are trying to find resources to have them filled.