RainCatcher and KYEMPAPU distributed water purifiers to a few schools in Bukomansimbi, Uganda

KYEMPAPU distributed water purifiers to a few schools in Bukomansimbi, Uganda on April 13th 2012 as a way of improving the health standards of school going children in the community.

The Headteacher of Kitemi P.S. receives a water purifier from the KYEMPAPU Director. These purifiers were a donation from RainCatcher USA through Martha MC Bride the Coordinator – AFRICA.

RainCatcher hopes to complete 10 more KYEMPAPU schools with Sylvia Bofry ( in the green) in the Masaka District.

Laying the Foundation for 2012

RainCatcher loves working with Father Kizito in Uganda and the first 10 schools we’re equipping this year are in the middle of their construction process.

Our plans for rainwater-harvesting installations this year begin with this first group of schools in the Mityana area of Uganda, about two hours by car from Kampala, the capital city.

The process involves having concrete foundations poured, face boards installed on the school, gutters attached to the face boards and then the addition of an 8,000-liter tank to capture and store the run-off from the roof.

In the villages surrounding the schools, churches, hospitals and orphanages RainCatcher equips with this simple system, the events surrounding the construction are quite a draw.

Everyone in the community knows that the laying of the foundation is just the first step in having clean water that’s easy to access and safe to drink. This is huge in the lives of the staff members, children and their parents.

And it’s huge for us! When photos likes this arrive from the field we celebrate along with them!

World Water Day Clean Water Ambassadors 2012

This World Water Day we would like to make a special shout out to two amazing individuals, Lisa and Anthony Slater.

Earlier this year, they approached RainCatcher and asked what they could do to give back. They had been looking to donate their time to a cause they believed in and became very interested in the clean water cause. They decided they wanted to raise money to equip a school with a rainwater harvesting system plus one hundred clean water filters and go visit the school when it is completed to meet the kids and families they directly helped.

You can learn more about Lisa and Anthony on their ambassador page. Thank you Anthony and Lisa, we are truly grateful!

First wave of the 2012 rainwater-harvesting schools

Thanks to your generous donations and ongoing support, over the next few weeks we’ll be breaking ground on the first wave of the RainCatcher 2012 rainwater-harvesting schools. Our long-time partner in Uganda, Father Kizito, is spearheading the laying of the foundations for the next 10 schools in Mityana parish.

We wired $3,000 USD to fund those first steps towards equipping those schools and providing an estimated 10,000 people with access to collected rainwater. For many of those families, this will be the first reliable source of clean water they’ve had in their entire lives.

Girl gets clean rainwater

For the students at these schools, your efforts are helping transform their normal school day into a one that has more impact and one that is a virtual oasis for them. Ready access to clean water is not common for these kids and their neighbors.