20 Liters Program Report – September 2017
It is with pleasure that I share with you this report for the month of September 2017. The reporting period was filled with field visits for program monitoring and home visits. But I also took the time to visit Ntarama and Juru to share results of the Health Impact Assessment conducted in the sectors. I thank God for the rain we had in the middle of the month which helped us and the water team in Gashora to resume the work and serve the most vulnerable with clean water through SAM 3 filters.
May our Lord be glorified,
Report of September 2017 Solution Distributions
During the month of September, the water team distributed household filters to 157 families in Gashora. It was so good to have rain and resume the distribution at the normal pace and the distribution was accompanied by a training on filter maintenance and messages on hygiene and sanitation as usual. The focus was still on Ramiro cell, in Migina, Kurusine I, and Kagasa II. Volunteers were also able to sift and wash sand for future distributions.
Volunteers performed 294 home visits in the sectors of Gashora and Mwogo with an emphasis on encouraging recipients to regularly backwash filters. All filters visited were working well – possibly better than previously as the recent rain improved the quality of water available before filtering [rain water is much cleaner than swamp water].
All SAM 2 Community Filters were also checked in the reporting period and are working well. However, Volunteers did address an issue with the SAM2 Community filter at the Kibungo Primary school. While the filter works well, it was not being fully utilized. There were recent leadership changes at the school. By engaging the new leaders, volunteers were able to address this challenge quickly. Now, the filter is serving school children, staff and the community surrounding the school.
Finally, volunteers built a Rain Water Harvest System at the Inkurunziza Church of Mwendo, in Kayovu village. This system will serve close to 75 homes surrounding the church building. Volunteers also visited existing Rain Water Harvest Systems. During these visits, volunteers found that all systems were filled with water from the rain and actively serving the community.
Additional Activities to Report for September 2017
On September 19th and 20th, Victor held meetings with local leaders, pastors, volunteers and project beneficiaries to share the results of the health impact assessment conducted and to discuss next steps. In Juru, Victor reported that assessments found that filters were well maintained. In Ntarama, Victor shared that there was an improvement from 70% of the filters working at the time of assessment to 85%. As a result of the assesments, Victor recommended organizing refresher trainings on filter backwashing at the village level. He also recommended that the Water Project partner with community health workers, local leaders and pastors to continue sharing messages of filter care and hygiene practices.