Rwanda Program Report – November 2018

December 20, 2018

Posted by Rebero d'Amour, Water Project Manager

Program Report – November 2018

In November 2018, Gashora Water Project Volunteers faced a shortage of water, so the work of sifting and washing sand was not completed as planned. But using sand that had been prepared in previous months, they were able to distribute Slow Sand Filters to 83 households in the villages of Karutete and Bidudu.  The major challenge we face continues to be the shortage of water which could not allow us to meet sector targets.

During the month, Water Project Volunteers in Gahanga sector assembled a good number of SAM3 Household filters which enabled them to distribute 226 filters to families in Gahanga. Beneficiaries received training on filter maintenance and backwashing as well as hygiene promotion.

Home visits were performed in the sectors where the project operates. In total, 469 homes with SAM3 Household Filters were visited, including 156 homes in Juru, 203 in Mwogo, 60 in Gahanga and 50 households in Gashora sector. During the visits by water volunteers no major issue was found. Water Project Volunteers also visited 13 schools and health centers having SAM2 Community Filters for checking their functionality and supporting the users on maintenance and repair. Finally, they also visited 17 Rain Water Harvest Systems to check their functionality. Water project volunteers were supported by the Project technical assistant for conducting general backwashing and maintenance as well as repairing filters.

During this month, we also conducted a meeting with 20 volunteers and 9 Church Network Committee members from Ntarama to discuss continuing home visits as well as visiting churches with RWHS, schools and health centers with SAM2 filters following the upcoming phase-out. During this meeting, CNC members and water project volunteers explained that home visits will continue to happen following phase-out and that volunteers will meet once a month to share reports from different villages and submit a report to the Church Network Committee. The Church Network Committee will continue to support the volunteers and help solve challenges in any arise. These commitments ensure Water Project team the sustainability of the installed facilities in Ntarama sector. Water Project staff will keep a good communication with Church Network Committee members and Water Project volunteers in order to provide a support when needed and check the implementation of their commitments.

Also in November, refresher training was conducted for Church Network Committee members and volunteers in Rilima sector. The meeting was focused on upcoming planned activities of the Water Project in Rilima, selecting filter recipients, and selecting churches to receive Rain Water Harvesting Tanks.

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