Greetings Dear Friends,
It is always my pleasure to share with you what God has done for us in different ways. In March, I was impressed by the commitment of new selected volunteers in Rilima. It showed me that really communities value clean and safe water and that it is worthy to serve and work with them hand in hand. May our Lord continue to bless everyone who contributes to this.
As we head into April, we also request prayers for the country of Rwanda and our people as we commemorate the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
20 Liters Program Report – March 2018
In March 2018, the Gashora Water Team worked for 2 weeks on sifting and washing sand and distributing 131 Household Filters in the villages of Rwagasiga and Bidudu. This month had a slower distribution rate that usual, as our volunteers needed to take advantage of rain and work on their farms for much of the month. There is still enough prepared sand and rain to allow filter distributions to continue in the months of April and May. Our volunteers will also focus on continuing to assure quality training of recipients so that filters are well used and maintained.
Volunteers also performed 365 home visits in March in all sectors of where the project operates, water team helping households to have filters working and with the rain, mobilize them to filter water for their neighbors. No major issues were found with any filters.
Before September 2018, the project plans to distribute 600 filters to Rilima communities. Water Project staff have begun initial activities to begin our work in this sector, including identifying volunteers and beneficiaries. In March, we also selected Karera Baptist Church as the best location to wash wand and assemble filters. Accordingly, a Rainwater Harvest System was installed at the church in March.
Also in March, 35 volunteers from Rilima were trained on SAM3 Household Filters and Slow Sand Filters, including assembling filters, preparing sand, filter maintenance and knowledge transfer skills for them to be able to train beneficiaries in their villages. During the training the team showed much interest in learning. The training was conducted by Project staff and supported by Juru volunteers and they felt assured that trainees learned everything they need to know to serve the most vulnerable. The next step will be to equip them with materials for the work and in the following months begin the distribution.
For additional details, check out our interactive program map!