Did you know that every 15 seconds a child dies from lack of clean water? Save the Rain works to teach water-starved communities in East Africa how to harvest rain into clean water. They provide communities with a rainwater harvesting system that requires no electricity, pumping or filtration. In providing children access to clean water, Save the Rain saw a 45% improvement in children’s general health after just 6 months, and a 96% improvement after a year.
Stimulating local economic growth
When volunteers at Save the Rain visit a village they arrive empty-handed. They begin by testing the ground resources for fecal and bacterial content. Volunteers work with the village to elect and employ masons and labourers to build rain catchment systems at the local school. This assists the local village economy while working to supply clean water to the village. All schools are given cups to allow students access to the clean drinking water. The systems last on average 200 years and are open to the community.
Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) teaches school children about the importance of washing their hands after latrine use and how bacteria spreads. With multiple tap stations attached to rainwater harvesting stations, students are now able to wash their hands regularly. The World Health Organization says that when we rinse our hands with water for 15 seconds, we can remove 70% of the bacteria.
Save the Rain success statistics
Save the Rain monitors and evaluates the progress of village recipients, both the successes and challenges. They also continually test the water quality after the implementation of the rainwater harvesting systems. Save the Rain has posted the following post-implementation results to their site:
- 0% water contamination of the stored rainwater
- 96% improvement in general health
- 94% improvement in attendance at the primary schools
- 90% improvement in students passing their national exams to move on to secondary school. Incredibly, over 50% of them are girls!
Why they need support
Save the Rain relies on donations to do their work. 100% of public donations directly fund their projects. They are also looking for people to be a voice for Save the Rain and share their message through social media outlets.
Visit their site to learn about all of their initiatives and see how you can get involved!