Rain Water Harvesting Systems


For most people, it’s not as easy as simply turning on the faucet to receive clean water. Every day in rural, poor communities throughout the global village, hundreds of millions of people suffer from a lack of access to clean, safe water. Women and children (girls especially) bare the burden of walking miles at a time to gather water from streams and ponds – full of water-borne parasites that spread serious, life-threatening diseases. Illnesses from drinking dirty water and the time lost fetching it robs entire communities of their futures. Hope is put on hold in over half of the developing world’s primary schools without access to water and sanitation.


Supplementary to our School Support Project, we work to partner with primary and secondary schools in rural communities to ensure locals have access to clean, safe water. The benefits from harvesting rainwater from rooftops are many, such as:

  • Eliminates or reduces time spent by women and children to fetch water from distant sources
  • Rainwater harvesting systems are integrated with school classrooms, which makes water readily accessible to local community members
  • Encourages water conservation and self-dependence (the locals must care for and maintain the systems)
  • Rainwater is naturally soft unlike most well water
  • Rainwater is relatively contamination free, thereby reducing the risk of water borne diseases
  • Properly stored water can be used for drinking and cooking and washing (even in dry seasons)
  • Ground water sources are increasingly depleted or getting polluted. Bore wells are silting up, or running out of water due to over-harvesting, thereby making ground water unreliable or unsafe

STATUS: Ongoing–we’re seeking additional financial support for more partner-schools.