20 Liters Rwanda Program Report – June 2019
REPORT OF JUNE 2019 SOLUTION DISTRIBUTIONS
During the month of June 2019, Water Project volunteers in Rilima assembled SAM3 Household filters and distributed them to 162 families in the villages of Akintwari, Buhoro, Kidogo, and Kimaranzara. As the distribution went on, recipients learned how to maintain their SAM III filters and trained in health and hygiene practices. The primary challenge for the Water Project this month was the lack of rain in the dry season. Water Project staff purchased water to be used for planned activities in order to meet this challenge.
Also in June, Water Project volunteers installed SAM2 Community Filters at two schools in Rilima. Volunteers installed the first system at the Rilima Parents Shining Academy located in Murambi village. The school has 135 students and staff who will have access to the filtered water. Volunteers installed the second system at Ecole Mère Elisea Rilima located in Amizero village. There are 200 students and staff who will have access to the filtered water from this system.
Finally, Water Project volunteers, in collaboration with local churches, built a Rain Water Harvest System at Seventh Adventist Church Karambi. There are over 200 people in the suourrounding village of Karambi that will benefit from this system. In addition, volunteers installed two additional rain water tanks. This completed the construction of systems that were started last month.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES TO REPORT FOR JUNE 2019
In June 2019, Water Project volunteers visited the homes of filter recipients in the sectors of Ntarama, Mwogo, Juru, Gashora, and Gahanga. Water Project team members assisted households to ensure filters are working well by backwashing filters and conducting repairs, as needed. During these visits, volunteers reminded families of the importance of drinking clean water and sharing clean water with their neighbors. In total, volunteers visited 381 families with SAM3 Household Filters and 33 families with Slow Sand Filters.
Finally, while we originally planned to hold a meeting to plan the creation of village level Community Hygiene Clubs in Rilima; staff postponed the meetings. The Ministry of Health has an ongoing review of Community Based Environmental Health Promotion Programs. We hope this review to be complete soon, allowing us to hold these meetings next quarter.