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 water shortage. Therefore, volunteers did not sift and wash as much sand 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.  Our biggest challenge continues to be water shortages which make it difficult to meet sector targets.

During November, volunteers assembled and distributed 226 SAM3 Household filters to families in Gahanga. Beneficiaries received training on filter maintenance and backwashing as well as hygiene promotion.

Volunteers also conducted home visits in all the sectors where the project operates. In total, 469 homes with SAM3 Household Filters were visited. This includes 156 homes in Juru, 203 in Mwogo, 60 in Gahanga and 50 households in Gashora. During the visits, volunteers did not find any major issues. 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.


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, Water Project staff hosted refresher training 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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