Splendid torch

By George Bernard Shaw

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for it’s own sake.

Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.


Jack Rose in Kenya.

Jack Rose in Kenya.

The RainCatcher Story

by Jack Rose

The One Cent Solution — Water for everyone at no cost to anyone.

While traveling through Africa I don’t look around and say what’s wrong, I only see what’s missing. As far as solving the contaminated drinking water problem, all that’s missing is the hardware — rain gutters and water tanks.

The big breakthrough for me, of course, was listening to Einstein, who said, “A problem cannot be solved at the same level of thinking that created the problem in the first place.”

A paradigm shift is a complete reversal of attitude and perspective – a change of heart and mind.

The problem of a ‘world water shortage’ exists in the perspective of “There isn’t enough — water or money — to solve the problem”. From that point of view, as Einstein said, the problem will never be solved.

The following proposal offers another approach based on this obvious truth: One of the easiest things a human can do is catch rainwater from the sky.

The One Cent Solution: Water for everyone at no cost to anyone.

The way I see it, every building with a roof on it is a potential RainCatcher. All that’s missing are the gutters and water storage tanks. All that’s missing for a solution to happen is the decision to channel funds in this direction.

The cost of one military tank would buy forty thousand water tanks. That’s a lot of water for a lot of thirsty people. The billions that NASA is seeking for the search for water on Mars, if redirected back to earth, would secure water for everyone. Again, all that’s missing for a solution to happen is the decision to channel funds in this direction.

My primary job is to tell the story to inspire this decision to be made. I will not stop until it is done.

Ironically, the story is one of abundance, not lack, for everywhere I traveled I noticed that there wasn’t a shortage of water given, just a shortage of water received. That changes the focus entirely and lets everyone know that this is a solvable problem.

All that is missing for a solution to happen is the decision to channel funds into buying and delivering rain gutters and water tanks.

After demonstrating that there is no shortage of water resources, the next challenge is to do the same with financial resources.

Here’s how I do that: The One Cent Solution: Water for everyone at no cost to anyone.

Each person who can afford a drink of clean water shares a glass with someone who can’t: Allocating one penny per bottled water world-wide will generate billions of dollars. This will place gutters and tanks on every school house in Africa, India, China, everywhere.

“This year, Americans will drink more than 30 billion single-serving bottles of water. We will drink more than nine billion gallons of bottled water, nearly all of it from throwaway plastic bottles.” – Jon Mooallem, The Unintended Consequences of Hyperhydration, New York Times.

It’s possible that those who can afford a clean bottle of water can help others get a drink as well.

Here’s how we do this: The One Cent Solution: Water for everyone at no cost to anyone.

A dollar + for a 20 oz. bottle of water from the local gas station adds up to over $6.00 per gallon. My proposal is to allocate approximately one cent per bottle, or six cents per gallon, to buying clean water for those who can’t afford it. Nine billion gallons of bottled water x .o6 per gallon adds up to 500 million dollars annually to go directly to setting up rain catching systems all over the world.

Neither consumers nor corporations will ever notice the loss of one penny per bottle. If America leads the way and all other nations follow, there will be enough water tanks, rain gutters and filters for everyone who needs clean drinking water. This = H2O 4 EVERY 1 with the coming of the next rains.

Who could say no to that?

A simple and beautiful solution: Each person who can afford a drink of clean water shares a glass with someone who can’t.

Water for everyone at no cost to anyone.

“Together we will always catch rain”

From: David Nyabuto Ogachi

Hi Jack,

Thanks a lot for coming. People are already drinking clean and safe water. They want me to take photos as they drink water and send them to you. I am opening a RainCatcher office at the center where I stay. From here with your help I will make the Bosiango project a model project in Africa you will be proud of. The filters are a miracle, wonderful and perfect. I’m naming my truck RAINCATCHER. This region is wide and has a great potential.

I was born in a poor family 42yrs ago. My father died of amoebic typhoid, a water borne disease. Water diseases are a problem in this place. I’m enrolling for Msc. AGRICULTURAL and RURAL DEVELOPMENT, with an interest in rain water. Rain can be a great tool with which we can develop rural communities and improve lives of our people. You are my mentor. You have taught me a lot about rain water. These days I check emails 2x every week. So send me any message directly. You are a wonderful friend. Together we will always catch rain. God bless. Your friend, David.

Dialogue — “Water for Everyone”

Water for Everyone
The RainCatcher story — Dialogue between a boy and a girl, somewhere in the United States.

by Jack Rose

What if the only water we had to drink came out of the L.A. River?

Or Laguna Creek? or any creek?

What if we lived In Africa and had to walk for hours everyday just to bring water from muddy streams back to our house?

What if we got typhoid or cholera. . . or dysentery?

What if 5 million of us died this year from drinking bad water?

Every year!

What if someone decided this was unacceptable?

What if we started to catch the rain that fell on our school house?

And channeled it through gutters.

And stored it in giant water tanks?

It isn’t rocket science, is it?

But NASA wants billions of dollars to look for water on Mars.

And then during recess, instead of walking a mile or two down the canyon to get a drink from that funky stream. . .

We just opened the tap on the tank outside our classroom and took a big gulp of the best water we’ve ever tasted.

What if all the thirsty kids around the world could do this?

What if the $20 million spent on one military tank was used to buy 40 thousand water tanks?

Then all the thirsty kids around the world would have fresh rainwater to drink instead of the contaminated stuff.

What if we could make that happen?

We can. My friends and I are helping the RainCatcher project right now in Africa.


It’s easy. The people there really want clean water to drink, but they don’t have the right rain catching tools.

Water tanks – rain gutters – filters. It’s just a matter of hardware.

Yea – so the RainCatcher project is setting up the Global Hardware Store.

We are helping to buy the supplies and getting the RainCatchers set up, and before you know it, an entire village is drinking the good stuff.

What if everyone could do this?

We’re working on that.

The goal of RainCatcher is ‘Water for Everyone’

I’ll drink to that.