This month, we are proud to introduce you to Jean d’Amour Rebero, our new Water Project Coordinator! Jean d’Amour brings as BS in Civil Engineering and Environmental Technology from the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology. His experience ranges from project and volunteer management through large-scale water system implementation. He’s been on the job for less than two weeks but has already spent time in the field meeting our volunteers and the CNCs (leadership committees). We are excited for the expertise and passion Jean d’Amour will bring to our program and the team in Rwanda.
Program Report – August 2018
Water Project activities were implemented as planned in month of August, 2018. Gashora water volunteers in collaboration with CNC, worked hard for sifting and washing sand to be used in slow sand filters which require much sand compared to SAM3 filters and much work for distribution and installation household by household. In total 82 filters were given to 82 households of Biryogo cell, Gashora sector. Volunteers did much of sifting and washing, continued also to prepare enough sand which will be used for the coming months of September and October 2018. During the distribution time, recipients are also trained on how to maintain their slow sand filters and given trainings on hygiene lesson and sanitation.
For the reporting period, home visits were performed in three sectors of Bugesera District and in Gahanga, Volunteers help households to have filters working, mobilize them to filter water for their neighbors. In total 300 homes of Bugesera and 94 homes of Gahanga were all visited by water project volunteers on the field and no major issue was found.
Filters checking focusing on SAM2 was also done in Juru, Mwogo, and Ntarama sectors as well as in Gahanga as usual and the Project technical assistant helped volunteers to conduct general backwash/maintenance and repair filters when needed.
In the same month, Water project conducted two preparation meetings for Juru and Mwogo sectors. Volunteers were facilitated in all sectors of Bugesera and refreshed in small groups on hygiene lessons and maintenance of Sam II & III filters as they do home visits to insure good impact in the lives of filter beneficiaries.