20 Liters Program Report – February 2019
REPORT OF FEBRUARY 2019 SOLUTION DISTRIBUTIONS
In February 2019, volunteers distributed Slow Sand Filters to 54 households in the villages of Biryogo and Kivugiza in Gashora. They also distributed 59 SAM3 Household Filters in Gahanga. During distributions, families were trained on filter maintenance, as well as health and hygiene practices. In addition, volunteers prepared enough sand for 61 additional Slow Sand Filters. These filters will be distributed in March.
The Water Project Team also installed a SAM2 Community Filter at GS Nyabagendwa; a high school located in Bugesera district, serving 2262 students and 50 staff. In addition, team members also built 3 Rain Water Harvesting Systems at three different churches in the Rilima sector, including the Catholic Church in Amizero Village, ADEPR Church in Gako Village, and EPR Church in Ntarama Village.
During the month of February, Water Project Volunteers performed home visits and filter checks. They visited 464 households with SAM3 Household Filters. The purposes of the visits were to maintain SAM3 Filters and to mobilize beneficiaries of water filters on the culture of sharing clean water with their neighbors.
The Water Project Technical Assistant also visited 18 SAM2 Community Filters at health centers and schools. He was able to check their status and to conduct general backwashing and maintenance/repairs. Water Project volunteers also visited 32 Rain Water Harvesting Systems. None of the systems showed any signs of damage. Volunteers encouraged church leaders to clean the systems before the upcoming rainy season.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES TO REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2019
In February 2019, Water Project staff hosted two meetings in Gahanga and Gashora. 48 volunteers and church leaders participated in the meetings. The agenda focused on distribution, assembling, sifting, sand washing and sustainability of water filters and their maintenance after the Water Project active phase has ended.
Meeting participants shared their ideas and expectations of how to ensure the project remained sustainable. It was agreed that volunteers will continue to carry out home visits and mobilize beneficiaries of water filters to drinking water. In addition, volunteers will continue providing health and hygiene trainings and continue to develop a culture of drinking clean water. Finally, volunteers will continue to do the maintenance of all solutions within their sector.