RainCatcher, Team Rubicon and Paul Revere Middle School Partner to Provide Clean Water

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NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF:  RainCatcher, Team Rubicon and Paul Revere Middle School Partner to Provide Clean Water

The devastating earthquake in Nepal has resulted in 5,200 deaths and more than 10,000 injured. The survivors are in dire need of basic services, especially those in the more remote areas where aid efforts have been hindered. To make matters worse, the monsoon rains have started this week leaving the most vulnerable to sleep in the rain. Aside from the obvious need for shelter, humanitarian groups on the ground state the priorities as water, food, and medical assistance.

The primary mission of RainCatcher is to provide sustainable sources of clean water. This has been the focus of our work in Uganda and Kenya since 2008. However, we also fully recognize that when disasters strike, one of the most imperative needs is for clean water. RainCatcher has been able to provide water filters to assist with numerous disasters including the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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To provide assistance in Nepal, RainCatcher is partnering with Team Rubicon. This non-profit organization, whose recon teams are comprised of military veterans, has deployed a team to Katmandu with additional support teams to follow. We equipped them with an initial donation of 50 of our most advanced water filters, which are based on the technology used in kidney dialysis. Clean water will be critical for recovery efforts and to avoid the spread of water-borne diseases given the already greatly strained medical resources.

Our donation of water filters for this relief effort was funded by a grant from the Community Service Club at Paul Revere Middle School in Pacific Palisades. The club members, all service-minded middle school students, raised the funds and invited non-profit organizations in the local area to apply for a grant. RainCatcher was selected and received a $2500 grant to purchase water filters that would be used for emergencies and disasters around the world.

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The recovery efforts in Nepal are only just beginning. The death toll continues to rise as aid workers begin to reach remote villages. It will take many months for the crisis to pass, and years for infrastructure to be rebuilt. RainCatcher wants to continue to support these efforts and replenish Team Rubicon’s recon teams with life-saving water filters. Lives depend on it.

Please donate today so we can support the thousands in Nepal that have been injured and displaced. Our board member, Darin Olien, is generously matching donations received by midnight PT on Sunday, May 3, 2015 up to $2500.

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Water is Hope. Water is Love. Water is Life.

 

 

Can Push Ups Change the World?

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It all began with our global ambassador, Tyson Mayr. While traveling through Uganda with RainCatcher in December 2013, Tyson began a personal fundraising campaign and set out to do 10,000 push ups in 10 days. The children in Uganda were happy to support his efforts by performing push ups alongside Tyson, and as an added challenge, by climbing onto his back. Tyson’s “show of strength” paid off! The campaign raised over $5,000 for clean water and planted seeds of inspiration.

While Tyson was in Uganda, Jamie Franzen followed his journey on Facebook during her holiday break from Gannett Peak Elementary School in Lander, Wyoming. As a 3rd grade teacher, she recognized that the children in Uganda were not all that different from her students, except they had a major obstacle to attending school – lack of clean water.

After returning to school in January, Jamie brought Push Ups for Uganda to her class. On a set day they would all join together to do as many push ups as they could in one minute. The class made a video to spread the word and started raising money. Their enthusiasm spread and soon the whole school decided to join the campaign! Gannett Peak Elementary raised over $1,000, and more importantly, showed the students that they can have an impact in the world.

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Connor Higginbotham is a 9 year old student from Gannett Peak Elementary and has become a passionate ambassador for RainCatcher. During a Skype call with school children in Uganda, he learned that before their school got a rainwater harvesting tank from RainCatcher they used to walk two hours each day to collect dirty water and miss class. Connor is supporting the Push Ups for Uganda campaign this year by selling his artwork, bracelets and raffle tickets. When asked about why this issue matters to him, Connor shared, “Every day someone takes water for granted and I think everybody should have access to clean safe water.”

Connor’s mother, Danielle Higginbotham, is grateful for the experiences her son is having by helping others. After Connor received a thank you call and $150 donation from the RainCatcher staff and board, he was overwhelmed by the support. “Connor came home that night and shared about the call and donation he received. He told us his heart was so full he did not know if he could eat dinner,” says Danielle.

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Danielle and her husband also expressed their gratitude to RainCatcher, “Sometimes living in a small town makes you think the things you do are small in size, too. So for Connor to see and hear from people so far away, and to know that the things that he does are bigger and can reach across the world is incredible. So my undying gratitude for the impact you have made on my son.”

Yes, push ups can indeed change the world!

About:  Push Ups for Uganda is a nationwide campaign that helps provide clean water to schools in Uganda. All schools, after school programs and clubs are welcome to join the campaign! Push Ups for Uganda runs from March 1 to April 22, 2015. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit www.raincatcher.org

Donor Spotlight: Lisa Donner

LisaHave you ever wondered how doing something you love can benefit someone else? Well, it can, and Lisa Donner is the perfect example. Lisa has been a runner since high school, where she joined the cross-country team. Since joining the team, Lisa has always wanted to challenge herself by taking running to the limit and running a marathon. Last spring, she made the decision to achieve her goal. However, she wanted to use her race as a means of doing something more than just for herself. “I have had a really great year personally and professionally,” Lisa shared, “and I wanted to extend a hand back at life.”

Lisa was introduced to RainCatcher through Tyson Mayr, our global ambassador. During his last visit to Uganda, Lisa donated to Tyson’s fundraiser; he thanked her over the summer by taking her bungee jumping in LA! During the excursion, they talked more about RainCatcher and the impact we are having on people who do not have the gift of clean water.

Lisa did more research on her own and discovered the shocking number of people who go without clean drinking water every day. Lisa reflected on her own water usage and realized that clean drinking water is the very thing she looks forward to the most after a long run. “I would open a bottle of water and it was nothing to me. It’s simply something I never have to worry about because I am fortunate enough to live in a place with a consistent clean water supply,” she explained. It is for this reason that Lisa chose RainCatcher as the recipient for her marathon fundraiser. She gave herself the name “The Dehydrated Runner” and created her fundraising page.

Lisa is determined to continue her fight for clean water. “I don’t want my work with RainCatcher to stop here,” she shared, “I really want to continue on in the future to help this organization because it’s something that I am very passionate about. I don’t know what the future holds, but I have confidence that good things will come.”

Lisa’s goal for her campaign was $700. As of October 22, she has raised a grand total of $1,086. Well done, Lisa, and thank you for your contribution to RainCatcher!

If you are interested in starting your own campaign or supporting other Rally 4 RainCatcher fundraisers, please visit the link below.

CREATE A CAMPAIGN!

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Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 12.39.36 PMOctober 25 is Make a Difference Day, when millions of volunteers throughout the nation will unite with a common mission—to improve the lives of others. Here at RainCatcher, our mission is to heal communities by providing clean water for children in the developing world using affordable and sustainable solutions. However, we need your support in achieving this goal.  You can do this by participating in Rally for RainCatcher!

On Make a Difference Day, launch your own personal fundraising  campaign that utilizes your strengths, passions, or hobbies to raise  money and awareness about our cause. Rally 4 RainCatcher will start  now and end on Thanksgiving Day (although we welcome new  fundraising campaigns at any point in the year).

Here are some guidelines for how  you can make a difference in the lives of children who struggle to  obtain clean water—a resource that we have access to simply by  turning the faucet.

CREATE A CAMPAIGN!

  1. Choose your campaign. Here are a few suggestions to get the ball rolling: Grow a beard, start a birthday campaign, set up a lemonade stand, carry a Jerry Can around for a day.
  2. Set your fundraising goal. How much money do you want to raise? Here is some information to help you estimate your goal: $10,000 provides a rainwater-harvesting system that includes 10 years of maintenance, $50 provides a filter to get 1 million gallons of clean water. For birthday campaigns, we encourage you to multiply your age times 100 and make that your goal! For instance, if you are turning 21, your fundraising goal would be $2,100.
  3. Become a RainCatcher Fundraiser by setting up a campaign page on our websitehttps://raincatcher.kindful.com/rain-makers-2014.
  4. Tell your friends! Post to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #rally4raincatcher to let your friends and family know what you are doing, why you are doing it, and how they can help you reach your fundraising goal.
  5. Donate your total on Thanksgiving Day and see your hard work go to helping those who lack access to clean water.

CREATE A CAMPAIGN!

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