Program Report – October 2018
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is with great pleasure to share with you the work being done by water project volunteers. Volunteers continued to work hard in all target sectors, with more efforts in Gashora sector where slow sand filters are being distributed and volunteers decided to work from Monday to Friday as to meet monthly target and also serve community in big numbers. Volunteers from Juru and Mwogo sectors continue to serve the most vulnerable and sustain all water filters as well as Rain Water Harvesting Systems. They continue home visits and mobilize the community on use of safe drinking. During home visits, beneficiaries tell volunteers that they praise the Lord and are grateful to donors who provided water filters to them and how they are blessed to drink clean water.
REPORT OF OCTOBER 2018 SOLUTION DISTRIBUTIONS
In October 2018, Gashora water volunteers worked 5 days a week, sifting and washing sand as well as distributing filters. In total, volunteers distributed 67 Slow Sand filters to households in the village of Buhoro. During distribution, recipients receive training on slow sand filter maintenance, as well as health and hygiene practices. The challenge in the last month was lack of enough water as the dry season has been longer than usual. Water project volunteers prepared as much sand as they could. We will use this sand in coming months. We pray that there will be enough water to distribute plenty of filters to families in Gashora.
Volunteers performed Home visits in all sectors where the Project operates. Water Project volunteers helped households to have well-functioning filters and encouraged them to filter water for their neighbors. In total, volunteers visited 524 homes, including: 53 in Gashora, 72 in Juru, 222 in Mwogo, 122 in Ntarama and 55 homes in Gahanga. During these visits, volunteers did not find any major issues.
Water project volunteers also visited 24 schools and health centers with SAM2 Community Filters. During these visits, volunteers checked the functionality of filters and provided support to the users in performing filter maintenance. Water Project volunteers also visited 22 Rain Water Harvesting systems.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES TO REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2018
During the reporting period, staff conducted meetings with 20 volunteers from Mwogo and 24 volunteers from Juru. Volunteers made several long-term commitments during these meetings. These commitments ensure sustainability of the program in the sectors of Mwogo and Juru, as programs will phase-out of the active stages of the program soon. Water Project staff will keep in communication with Water Project volunteers in order to provide support when needed. Staff will also monitor the implementation of their commitments. This includes the continuation of home visits, monthly volunteer meetings, and providing quarterly reports to the Church Network Committee members.
During the month of October, the Water Project also received two visitors sent by Paseo del Rey Church in collaboration with 20 Liters. During their trip, they visited the Church Network Committee in Gahanga where they discussed mind set transformation among church leaders, collaboration and integration of churches in networking. They also visited a SAM2 Community Filter installed in the Home of Handicapped Children, met with Water Project Volunteers in Gashora, and visited two families who had recently received SAM3 Household Filters.