20 Liters Rwanda Report – September 2019
REPORT OF SEPTEMBER 2019 SOLUTION DISTRIBUTIONS
During the month of September 2019, Water Project volunteers in Rilima assembled and distributed SAM3 Household Filters to 87 households in the villages of Gasabo, Rurambo, and Saruduha. Before distributions, recipients learned to maintain their SAM3 filters and basic health and hygiene practices. The distribution of SAM3 filters was constrained by a lack of filter components. While the new shipping container has arrived in Rwanda from the US, the shipping container is still in customs.
Also in September, Water Project volunteers visited 345 households with SAM3 Household Filters in Gahanga, Juru, Mwogo, and Gashora. Volunteers helped In addition families backwash and repair filters as needed. Volunteers also reminded recipients about the importance of drinking clean water and sharing their filters with neighbors.
In addition, Water Project volunteers installed a SAM2 Community Filter at the Anglican Nursery School in Gashora. The school has 146 students and teachers who will have access to the filtered water.
Finally, this month, Water Project volunteers built two Rain Water Harvesting Systems on churches in Rwanda. The first was installed at the Anglican Church Mukoma and will serve 254 nearby residents. Volunteers built the second system on the Corner Stone Church and will serve 205 local residents. Both of these churches are located in the Rilima sector.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES TO REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2019
On September 19, 2019, Water Project staff hosted a meeting at ADEPR Nyabagendwa Church. We invited members of the Church Network Committee to discuss progress on Water Project activities in Rilima. Nine pastors and 34 volunteers attended the meeting. During the meeting, we highlighted what had been accomplished so far and discussed how to move the project forward. The Church Network Committee is working on a plan to build additional Rain Water Harvest Systems on churches that did not get a system yet. They also requested bicycles on behalf of volunteers who are traveling long distances to distribute SAM3 Household Filters and complete home visits.
Finally, in the meeting, participants made plans for a walk for hygiene and sanitation in October. The walk will raise community awareness on use of safe water, hygiene, and sanitation behavior change.
Looking forward, in October 2019, the Water Project will begin working in Rukumberi sector. We are currently planning an orientation meeting with pastors to discuss the Water Project technologies. Staff will also begin collecting the necessary data to take the next steps in the project.