Rwanda Program Report – July 2018
During the month of July, the Water Project distributed 30 slow sand filters to families in Gashora. July was the beginning of the dry season, which meant that the project did not have enough harvested rain water to wash sand, so for now, water is being purchased. Slow Sand Filters also require much more sand and logistics to deliver to families. One solution that has been applied during this month was to use volunteers in Juru and Mwogo to support sand washing. This was done successfully and will continue. Beneficiaries are also being involved in the process to try and increase the number of filters being distributed. Our goal is to distribute 80 slow sand filters in August.
Home Visits continued in all sectors where the Project operates through July. During these visits households are reminded to filter drinking water for neighbors and mobilize households to have filters working and teach family members to drink water as a habit.
Also in July, the Water Project worked with local churches leaders to build two additional Rain Water Harvest Systems – one in Juru and the second in Gashora. These systems were possible because of local church contributions. Thanks be to God, for the great contributions from these local communities who have provided support which allowed the program to be able to provide additional Rain Water Harvest Systems to serve the most vulnerable and community at large.
During Walk for Water held in May 2018, we exhibited a SAM2 Community Filters and promised to build one at Rilima School before their break for the 2nd term. The promise was kept and this filter was built up during July. School leaders and local government are happy that they have access to clean water.
Finally, on July 12, a meeting was organized for Church Network Committee leaders and volunteers in Gahanga to discuss the selection of recipients for 600 additional SAM3 Household Filters. During the meeting, volunteers and local leaders were tasked to create a list of families who would benefit most from these filters. A final list will be approved in August 2018.