COVID-19 Restrictions Slow Work, But Do Not Stop Volunteers

Reported by Rebero Jean d'Amour
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April 01, 2020

COVID-19 Restrictions Slow Work, But Do Not Stop Volunteers

Reported by Rebero Jean d'Amour, Story written by Amanda Mulder

In April 2020, most of activities for Water Project were not implemented due to COVID-19. The Government of Rwanda enforced a total lockdown of all nonessential services for the month of April to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In accordance, Water Project staff worked from home and supported volunteers remotely.

 

However, access to clean water is essential. So, Water Project volunteers continued home visits for vulnerable families checking the functionality of SAM3 household filters. During these visits, volunteers focused on education, particularly reinforcing messages of proper handwashing - using soap and clean water for COVID-19 provention. In total, volunteers visited 153 households.

 

In addition, Water Project volunteers visited and did general maintenance on 11 SAM2 Communtiy Filters and checked 8 Rain Water Harvesting Systems at churches. All systems were found to be in working order.

Location:
Country: Rwanda
District: Bugesera
Sector: Rilima
Cell: Nyabagendwa
Solution:
SAM3 (Sand And Membrane) filters are placed in households for a family and their neighbors. They meet WHO's standards and requires no electricity to function, making it ideal for rural communities. Each family receives extensive training and ongoing volnteer support to maintain the filter for it's 10-year-plus lifespan.