Program Report – September 2018
REPORT OF SEPTEMBER 2018 SOLUTION DISTRIBUTIONS
In September 2018, the Gashora water team worked hard to continue distributing Slow Sand Filters. The distribution of Slow Sand Filters required more time than usual because there was less rain than expected. This meant there was less water available to prepare the sand for the filters. As a solution, staff mobilized volunteers in other areas to prepare sand on behalf of the Gashora volunteer team. As a result, volunteers were able to distribute 76 Slow Sand Filters to households in the villages of Rugunga and Buhoro. During distributions, volunteers trained recipients on how to maintain their filters and on health and hygiene practices.
Also during September, volunteers conducted home visits in the sectors of Juru, Mwogo, Ntarama and Gahanga. During these visits, water project volunteers supported households by providing maintenance and backwashing support. They also reminded beneficiaries to share with neighbors who do not have filters. In total, volunteers visited and checked 516 SAM3 Household filters. Volunteers did not find any major issues with the filters.
Water project volunteers also visited 19 schools and health centers with SAM2 Community Filters in Gahanga, Juru, Mwogo, and Ntarama. Volunteers visited to ensure the filters were functioning well and provided maintenance support. In addition, Water Project volunteers visited 25 Rain Water Harvesting systems in Mwogo, Juru and Ntarama.
Most of the filters were in good working order. The exception was the SAM2 Community Filter at the Gashanga Primary and Secondary School in Juru. The filter was found to be damaged beyond repair. After realizing this, Water Project staff prioritized meetings with school heads for protecting the installed facilities. They have encourage providing additional training for teachers and students, in order to avoid future damage to these facilities.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES TO REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
World Relief phased out activity in the sectors of Juru and Mwogo at the end of September 2018. Since the filters distributed by the Water Project are functional for at least 10 years, meetings were organized with Water Project volunteers, church leaders, and local leadership to discuss the long-term sustainability of the project.
During these meetings, volunteers expressed their commitment to continue their work to support their community’s access to clean water. Volunteers plan to continue meeting on a monthly basis for experience sharing and learning. Church Network Committee members committed to conduct quarterly meetings to evaluate the work of volunteers and make decisions accordingly. Finally, the Water Project staff will continue to keep a good communication in order to provide support when needed to ensure the functionality and sustainability of the installed SAM3, SAM2 and Rain Water Harvest Systems in the sectors of Mwogo and Juru.