20 Liters Program Report – June 2018
I have bitter-sweet news to share. Victor, our Water Program Manager in Rwanda recently accepted an offer to work for the World Food Programme in Rwanda. For the last 3 years, Victor has done amazing work and has put in place systems that will keep making us better at providing clean water, even in his absence.
His leadership brought so many improvements to our work that it’s hard to even begin to name them. Victor found matching funds to help provide bicycles to our volunteers in Juru. He found cost savings that helped provide dozens of extra tanks and filters that we didn’t think we could afford. Victor helped us gather stories and pictures from the field so we could stay connected to the work. Most importantly, he leveraged local expertise so that more of the solutions and decisions could come from Rwanda instead of the US. All I can say is that the World Food Programme just gained a huge asset and I know Victor will continue to make Rwanda a better place to call home.
Please join us in praying for the search for Victor’s replacement. And we’ll be sure to keep you updated as we welcome a new member to our team in Rwanda.
REPORT OF JUNE 2018 SOLUTION DISTRIBUTIONS
In the month of June, the Water Project focused on building Rain Water Harvest Systems at three churches, one in each of the following sectors: Gashora, Mwogo, and Ntarama. This was more systems than originally planned. The Water Project had additional funds to build Rain Water Harvest Systems because of contributions from local communities who had saved money for this purpose.
Distribution of Household Filters in the Biryogo cell of Gashora Sector continued but at a much slower pace than intended. Volunteers were only able to distribute 8 filters, instead of the 80 planned distributions. This is because the recipient households in this area live very close to the river. Therefore, these households will receive Slow Sand filters, which require more time and sand to assemble. [And also, more water to properly the prepare the sand.]
In addition, because of the amount of sand needed in the filter, the filter is very heavy. This weight makes it more complicated to distribute these filters, because they must be transported in a vehicle directly to recipient’s homes. Despite these challenges, we believe we have found solutions. As always, recipients were also trained on filter maintenance and health practices before receiving their filters.
Finally, volunteers conducted 427 home visits in the month of June. In addition, staff checked 19 SAM2 Community filters. During visits, volunteers support households in back washing filters and any minor repairs are done. There are no bigger issues in the use of filters observed during home visits.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES TO REPORT FOR JUNE 2018
Our team also participated in community mobilization activities. Staff organized a one day meeting with the Church Network Committee, volunteers, and local leaders from Gahanga to discuss the distribution of additional SAM3 Household filters. The meeting discussed the distribution plan, and involvement of all concerned people to ensure that there is smooth distribution.