In February 2019, Slow Sand Filters were distributed to 54 households in the villages of Biryogo and Kivugiza in the Gashora sector of Rwanda and 59 SAM3 Household Filters were distributed in Gahanga sector. Alongside distribution of sand filters, hygiene and sanitation trainings were conducted for recipient families with a main focus on how to maintain their filters. In addition, volunteers sifted and washed sand to be used in 61 slow sand filters that will be distributed in March 2019.
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. Additional visits were also done by the Water Project Technical Assistant, who visited 18 SAM2 Community Filters at health centers and schools to check their status and to conduct general backwashing and maintenance/repair where needed. Water Project volunteers also visited 32 Rain Water Harvesting Systems. All systems were found without damage, but church leaders were encouraged to clean the systems before the upcoming rain season.
Finally, in February 2019, two feedback meetings were held in the Gahanga and the Gashora sectors. Out of 50 volunteers and Church leaders who were invited in both meetings 48 participated. 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.
Various ideas were shared in those two meetings. It was acknowledged that filters will be taken care of and that the following action items were agreed on as way forward: Volunteers will continue to carry out home visits and mobilize beneficiaries of water filters to drinking water. Volunteers will always ensure that hygiene is maintained in the community and the culture of drinking water is enforced. Volunteers will continue to do the maintenance of all solutions within their sector.