20 Liters Program Report – November 2019
REPORT OF NOVEMBER 2019 SOLUTION DISTRIBUTIONS
In November 2019, Water Project volunteers built the first Rain Water Harvesting System in Rukumberi at ADEPR Sake Church. Church Network Committee members selected selected the church as the best site for washing sand and assembling filters in the area. This system will also serve 425 people from the church and surrounding community.
During November, Water Project volunteers visited recipient homes in Juru, Mwogo, Rilima, Gashora, and Gahanga. Team members ensured that filters were working well. They also reminded recipient families of the importance of drinking clean water and sharing water with their neighbors. In total, 266 households were visited in November 2019.
Originally, Water Project volunteers planned to distribute 100 SAM3 Household Filters in November, but supplies are still in customs. World Relief Rwanda has requested tax exemption for the supplies, and the request is under examination by officials from Rwanda Revenue Authority. This has been our largest challenge in the past several months.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES TO REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 2019
On November 7th, Water Project staff held a meeting with community stakeholders from the Rukumberi to discuss the Water Project roll-out in the sector. Staff invited Church Network Committee members, school head teachers, health center leaders, and local government leaders to attend. The goal of the meeting was to explain how the Water Project operates and the role of each participants in the long-term success and sustainability of the Water Project in the area. The 45 attendees of the meeting were enthusiastic about the benefits of the Water Project for their community. They understand the great value of access to clean water to reduce water-borne diseases in their community.
On November 20th, Water Project staff held a similar meeting with 68 village leaders and Community Health Workers. The message was similar, but also covered the role that village leaders and health workers play in selecting recipient families.
Finally, staff held several volunteer trainings in November. During these meetings, staff trained volunteers on the proper methods for washing and sifting sand, assembling filters, and the health and hygiene lessons that volunteers will pass along to the community. The other purpose of the training was to inspire volunteers to understand the impact that their work will have on their community.