The Children of Cyanika, Rwanda
This summer has been eventful for our team. We had the wonderful opportunity to visit the four sites in which we have already implemented our water catchment systems and look into the new site for the summer of 2018. However before I give too many details, our team would like to thank our donors. The work that we do is currently affecting 2,000 people in rural Rwanda who were previously walking many miles to obtain water during the drought season. The necessity and frequency of obtaining water had prevented women from working full time, children from going to school, and the eldery from bathing. The systems are expensive, but the value they add the to lives of people around the world is priceless. Thank you for your continued support and encourgement.
The four systems we already had in place are in good functioning order. We closed out three of our systems this summer, as we have ended our five year commitment with them. The community is fully prepared to maintain the systems, and we are leaving after a wonderful relationship. In the other systems, there were a few minor problems with leaves getting caught in the filtration system, which our team repaired with simple design solutions and local materials. Kibaya, our next implementation site, will be in our biggest community yet. We want to put in four tanks for this system as the demand for water is so high in the community. We are hopeful for the project and have established a healthy relationship with the village of Kibaya. Overall, the people of Cyanika are happy with the systems and are requesting more systems as the change in their communities has been so positive. Community feedback is important to us, and one of the most important pieces we received was a prefernce for the butterfly style roof, as they feel it captures a greater amount of rainwater. This will be a discussion point as we work through designs for implementation.
The school year has just begun and regular meetings will begin this week for our members. A new round of college freshman will be joining us in September and our team cannot wait! Beyond helping other people around the world, EWB works to teach social responsibility and technical skill to the students who are involved. This fall will be a wonderful opportnity to do that.
Your generous donations and continual support make all of these things possible.
CU EWB Rwanda Project Manager