20 Liters Program Report – July 2019
REPORT OF JULY 2019 SOLUTION DISTRIBUTIONS
In July 2019, Water Project volunteers distributed 114 SAM3 Household Filters in the Rilima sector. These filters were provided to 19 families in the village of Kivumu, 65 families in the village of Byimana, and 30 families in the village of Akabahaya. During filter distributions, volunteers trained recipients on how to maintain their filters and on hygiene and health practices.
Also in July, Water Project volunteers completed two Rain Water Harvesting Systems. They built the first system on the Pentecostal Church Riziyeli in Gitega village of the Rilima sector. In addition, volunteers installed the second system at the Anglican Church Karambi in Karambi village.
Finally, in July 2019, Water Project volunteers visited recipient families in Ntarama, Mwogo, Juru and Gashora, and Gahanga. During visits, volunteers helped families backwash filters and repaired filters as needed. Additionally, volunteers reinforced previous health and hygiene training and encouraged families to continue filtering water for their neighbors. In total, volunteers visited 403 households in July.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES TO REPORT FOR JULY 2019
Also in July 2019, Water Project staff trained volunteers in Juru and Mwogo. This training was to reinforce best practices for the production of water disinfectant using the Chlorinator. Volunteers appreciated the training, as they continue to try to establish a business of selling water disinfectants to the community. The training should help increase production capacity to help generate more sustainable profits.
Finally, Water Project staff attended a two-day workshop to discuss Community Hygiene Clubs in Rilima. The Officer in charge of Hygiene and Sanitation for Rilima attended the meeting. He presented data from the Health Centre for the month of July. During July, Health Workers diagnosed 433 people with severe diarrhea and amoebic dysentery. In addition, Health workers diagnosed 145 individuals with diarrhea of unknown origin. In conclusion, he requested support from partners to meet the challenges of providing sustainable Hygiene and Sanitation in the sector.
Previously, Community Hygiene Clubs were established in each of the 44 villages of Rilima by another NGO. But, since they have stopped actively working in the area, only 19 of those clubs are still active. And, even the active clubs need more resources and support to function sustainably. The Water Project has accepted the challenge of supporting the existing clubs and mobilizing clubs in the areas where clubs have stopped functioning. Over the course of the two-day meeting, a number of action steps were laid out to guide the next steps for all Community Hygiene Clubs in the area.