Project Description

Rainwater Harvest Systems

In areas with heavy rainfall, rainwater harvest systems can provide enough water to last communities through the dry seasons given large enough tanks and well-built roofs and eaves.

Recent Projects

Arkaria Rainwater Harvest


In 2013, the Maasai village of Arkaria submitted a request for support to improve access to clean water from Global Partners. The proposal focused on the need for rainwater harvest tanks to provide the Maasai people with water storage for greater access to clean water during the dry season. Global Partners provided 26 rainwater harvest systems with a network of gutters, piping, and water tanks to gather and hold water for clusters of huts called Bomas. Before these water systems were installed, women and children would carry water over a distance of 5 to 15 kilometers a day depending on the season. Because the Maasai are pastoralists, having access to clean water for livestock is essential for their livelihoods. By reducing distances to clean water, mortality rates of small animal stocks can be reduced by up to 80%. The rainwater harvest systems have helped minimize water-borne diseases for community members and their livestock as well as given women and children the time to pursue educational activities and livelihood improvements. Such water projects help families become more healthy, productive, and self-sustaining. Last funded March 2014.

Magungu Primary School WASH


Global Partners funded a rainwater harvest system, revitalized pit latrines, and trained the health club members at the school in order to improve clean water access, sanitation, and hygiene practices.

Katebere Village WASH


At the primary school in this village, Global Partners funded a rainwater harvest system, new sanitation facilities, a 40,000 liter tank, and multiple taps to serve the school and the surrounding community.