It is been so long but am happy and privileged to share with you this narrative report of the
activities done in the month of May. Am encouraged by the commitment of church leaders and our volunteers to work together to serve their communities bring transformation. I have been also encouraged by the communities I visited during home visits that have taken ownership of our programs especially water program and have changed the lives of many families. The work of church volunteers continued to impressed me as they spend many days working on filters, assembling and building RWHS. May our good Lord continue to bless our overseas friends in your work and enable you to reach more people in this water project in many ways.
Rwanda Program Report – May 2018
On Wednesday May, 9th, the Water Project launched in the Rilima Sector of Rwanda. To mark the occasion, the community hosted a Walk for Water. The walk drew together hundreds of residents of Nyabagendwa village, WR staff, members of the local church and leaders from district to cell level, security officials, Ministry of Health officials, representatives from the Church Network Committee (CNC), community based health workers, and volunteers of the Water Project. In various speeches of the day, it was acknowledged that water is a critical need in the sector, and the Water Project was greatly welcomed as it will complement other church ministries to serve the most vulnerable. Participants walked for about an hour down to the swamp, gathered water, and then hiked back up to the celebration site, singing and dancing as they went. To further mark the occasion, the first 10 filters were distributed to residents during the ceremony.
In addition to launching the project in Rilima, the Gashora water team worked to sift and wash sand and distributed 28 filters to households in the Gashora sector, with a focus on recipients of villages of Biryogo cell. The team continued also to prepare enough sand which will be used for the coming months of June and July.
During May, home visits were performed in all sectors where the Water Project operates, to ensure filters were working with the rain and to encourage recipients to filter water for their neighbors. In total 244 homes were visited. In addition, project volunteers visited many of our SAM2 Community Filters to conduct general maintenance and small repairs. Finally, three Rain Water Harvest Systems were installed on churches in Gashora and Mwogo sectors. These systems were not originally planned, but we thank God for the contributions from local communities which allowed the program to save money and be able to provide additional systems to serve the community.