20 Liters Program Report – February 2018
Greetings Dear Friends,
This February, we have been blessed with rain once more. We do not take this rain for granted. Because of the rain, I spent most of my time in the field, working together with volunteers. I was encouraged by the commitment of the volunteers and the impact their work is making. May our Lord continue to bless all of you who pray and support this Water Project.
Report of February 2018 Solution Distributions
During the month of February 2018, the Gashora water team focused on sifting and washing sand to take advantage of the rain. The goal was to have enough prepared sand so that in following months the distribution can be faster. Next month’s distributions will also include slow sand filters which require much more sand than SAM3 Filters. Volunteers will take a short break at the beginning of March to tend to their farms. Filter distributions will resume at a normal pace after that.
Also in February, volunteers conducted home visits. Staff also provided training for volunteers in the Gashora sector as they begin their first visits. In total, volunteers and staff visited 458 homes in the sectors of Gashora, Juru, Mwogo, and Ntarama. We did not find any significant issues with filters. Although, volunteers in Gashora decided that they want to emphasize hygiene trainings to improve health during future visits.
In addition, project volunteers installed a SAM2 Community Filter at the Karera Primary school in Mataba village in the Rilima Sector. This is the first of the planned Community Filters in the Rilima Sector. The school serves 1,685 children. Like other schools in the area, its main source of water is nearby lakes and swamps.
Our volunteers also completed a Rain Water Harvesting System in February. Volunteers build the system on the Adventist church of Ramiro, in Rweru II village. It will serve approximately 78 households in the neighborhood of the church building.
Additional Activities to Report for February 2018
Project Staff met with leaders in the Rilima sector to talk about the plans for the coming months. 192 representatives met for a one-day meeting to discuss the criteria for household beneficiary selection, responsibility for activities, and timelines for implementing the Water Project in the sector. These representatives were local leaders, community health workers, volunteers, and pastors from the Church Network Committee. Representatives agreed that each village would develop a list of prospective beneficiaries for approval by Sector Leaders and the Church Network Committee within the next two weeks.
Water Project Staff were also able to supply bicycles to the final 19 volunteers. This concluded the initiative to provide bicycles to project volunteers. The volunteers are very grateful for the support.
Finally, Project Staff are researching the availability of supplies that can be purchased locally to build filter technologies. As we are able to purchase more supplies locally, we hope to continue to reduce the cost of producing filters and increase the impact of the Water Project on East African economies. Additional work is needed to further investigate specifications of the supplies to decide if they meet required standards.