20 Liters Program Report – January 2018
It my pleasure to share this report of the activities performed in January. I feel encouraged by seeing how our volunteers are committed to serve their community and the impact their work makes in the lives of Rwandans. May God continue to bless our friends overseas who support us to implement this project in different ways.
Report of January 2018 Solution Distributions
During the month of January 2018, the Gashora water team continued to assemble filters. This allowed volunteers to distribute 160 filters to households in Kabuye and Karizingi villages. Volunteers report that these activities are going very well; recipients are thankful for the filters they have received. In addition, volunteers have many testimonies of the impact water filters make to the lives of Gashora population.
In addition, volunteers conducted home visits to make sure that recipients understand how to maintain filters. Volunteers also encourage recipients to share clean water with their neighbors. In total, Water Team Volunteers visited 314 homes. They did not find any serious issues.
Also in January, a SAM2 Community Filter has been assembled and installed at the Kagasa Primary School in Kagasa village this month. This school was not on the initial plan, but resources became available to support an additional placement. This filter will serve a community of 1,049 population composed by school children and staff. Previously, this community used to drink water from the surrounding river. The head of the school hopes to see changes and impact to the children because of this filter.
Finally, Water Project volunteers constructed a Rain Water Harvesting System at the Pentecostal Church of Bidudu village. This system will serve approximately 258 surrounding households.
Additional Activities to Report for January 2018
As was first reported in the December report, Water Project Staff are providing support to project volunteers by providing bicycles. Bicycles will aid volunteers in performing home visits and responding to requests for repairs. This month, 34 Gashora volunteers received bicycles. They were all excited to have bikes for their daily activities and to continue serve the community.
Finally, during the reporting period, the Project Technical Officer, Didace and I attended a training on urban rain water harvesting technologies. The training was organized by the Center for Science and Environment in collaboration with WaterAid Rwanda and the Ministry of Infrastructure. I also attended a workshop on Neglected Tropical Diseases organized by the Ministry of Health through the Rwanda Biomedical Center. Ultimately, the workshops recommended more collaboration to solve WASH issues.