A Look Back at a Partner’s Summer – HELP International

Every new partnership with a passionate, hands-on organization expands the reach of clean water and quickly saves more lives. This summer, RainCatcher met Suzanne and Whitney from HELP International and it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Suzanne and Whitney – representing the leadership for HELP International’s Uganda programs – brought portable clean-water systems donated by RainCatcher back to Mbale and wove them seamlessly into the other amazing work their team was already doing. Check out this amazing video they did – RainCatcher is happy to be in it as well.

Through these efforts, RainCatcher and HELP International partnered to bring clean water to Kakoli village and to the slums of the Mbale area. This uplifting and gorgeous video summarizes the accomplishments of their team this year and highlights the beauty of Uganda. It’s no wonder all involved can’t wait to go back!

Happy Birthday Father Kizito

Today is the 35th birthday of an incredible man, who is a tremendously valued partner for RainCatcher. In fact, he is so influential that when in Uganda on a RainCatcher mission it’s quite common to hear: “All roads lead to Father Kizito.”

New team members ask, “How do we know so-and-so?” or “How did we find this group?” Father Kizito is frequently the answer.

It was Father Kizito who introduced us to Sylvia. You may remember her: she brought clean water to Kirinda schools.

He leads the Mityana Parish and a whole rectory of priests from an impressive headquarters – a massive, gorgeous red-brick church “built by Germans” in the early 1970s.  But, in reality, he’s not just there – on those beautiful grounds, conducting Mass and bringing out the best in his young clergy team; he’s everywhere.

Emails from Kizito, even just this summer, come from Spain and Los Angeles and so many places, as well as from Uganda. Email from his proteges pop into our inboxes from Finland. As a team, they’re out, making connections, and bringing great things to the children of their Ugandan parish and beyond.

Today, Kizito’s birthday is being formally and enthusiastically celebrated by admirers and supporters in California. His initial connection with RainCatcher came because he was there on a visit to these same church partners and heard of the new rainwater harvesting initiative. He went to Malibu to find the people doing it.

Based on Kizito’s determination and charisma, those people were compelled to bring the gutter-and-tank solutions to Uganda. That team developed into RainCatcher.

This summer, during visits to finish up Beachbody’s 2011 project with RainCatcher, Kizito escorted the team around to schools already benefiting from the rainwater harvesting. The team was greeted with gratitude, singing, dancing and tales of the impact the tanks had already made. As part of this project, a total of 11 Ugandan schools now have reliable, safe water caught from the sky, thanks to Father Kizito and Beachbody.

But, he’s not done yet. He has a list for a new wave of school tanks and there’s no doubt that as he tours the planet this fall that he’ll be making more connections and conceiving bigger plans for helping the people of Uganda. He is always on the move, relentless in his efforts to serve. We’re so proud to be partnered with a man with such vision. RainCatcher looks forward to doing more great work with him and saving more lives.

Happy Birthday Father Kizito! There is no end to the joy and celebration that accompanies the anniversary of your birth. Your commitment to service fuels so much good in this world and the impact cascades and flows and simply gives and gives and gives.  

RainCatcher in partnership with Reach the Un-Reached ministry – reaches Sanyu Babies Home

Dear Directors and Partners of RainCatcher. On 12th September 2011 the Directors of Reach the Un-Reached ministry Mr. Julius Ananura and Mr. Benz Katiti delivered a water filter to Sanyu Babies Home provided by RainCatcher. Sanyu Babies’ Home is located on Namirembe Hill, just below St. Paul’s Cathedral, overlooking Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.

The Home is dedicated to care for the abandoned, destitute and orphaned babies and children of Uganda.

It cares and gives hope with the Love of God to the hopeless abandoned, destitute and orphaned babies and children of Uganda. Up to 50 babies and toddlers aged between 1 day old and 4 years old. Many children are found abandoned in garbage heaps, pit latrines, ditches, taxi parks or are left by the side of the road. The orphans received range in age from a few hours to two years, with no known parents or relatives.

Sanyu Babies Home is dedicated to providing these children with love, security, medical care and education. There are over 2.3 million known orphans in Uganda more than any other nation in the world today. We found they were having a challenge of getting pure drinking water. As they were depending on boiling and putting chlorine which was laborious. We demonstrated and passed on to them the water filter. Find pictures attached. Thanks to Rain Catcher!

Yours truly,

Julius Ananura
Team Leader
Reach the Un-Reached Ministry
P.o box 5090


Mobile + 256 782 370307/+ 256 752 370307

Partners Bring Water Solution to Mbale

One of the inspiring things about providing safe water is that there is never a shortage of people who “just get it” and want to help. During our time in Africa this summer, we were able to train a couple of really great women, Suzanne and Whitney.

As we’d shared in July, they were quickly converted from skeptics of what a filter could do to enthusiasts excited to share the simple solution with the people they cared so much.

Here is part of the story from Suzanne’s own experience and report. We were thrilled to hear back from her and see photos from what she, Whitney and their partners in service had done in the village of Kakoli just outside Mbale in the Budaka district of Uganda.

“The people of Kakoli are forced to use a ridiculously dirty, muddy hole as their water source and many in the community are sick due to the bad water. We were able to help them obtain clean water thanks to RainCatcher!

We trained the community and equipped the local nursery school, church and primary school with the clean-water systems which helped the entire community. More than 600 kids go to the primary school alone! We also taught lessons to each group on clean water and sanitation.

We also rigged the water systems into a new idea to keep up with demand at these community hubs. We put two filters on each large bucket so the water would filter really fast and so that more than one person could collect water at a time at each bucket.

Then we gave them a water storage bucket for the water to drain into with a tap on it for easy access for the kids. It is working really well for them! We are excited.  

Our team is super excited about the systems you have given us and if you have any more to place in the Mbale area we would love to add them to the ones RainCatcher originally gave us.

We hope to next assist the urban poor of the two worst slums in Mbale. The people in these areas cant afford tap water and are forced to survive off of contaminated holes and streams.

Thanks for everything! We look forward to future projects together!”

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