How We Measure Results

According to a study by Blue Planet Run:

  • Over 50% of all water projects done in developing countries fail.
  • Less that 5% are visited after implementation.
  • Far less than 1% have any long-term monitoring.

Save the Rain is committed to efficiency and sustainability. We will always create rainwater solutions to supply the most amount of people, in the shortest amount of time, for the least amount of money. As part of this, we are committed to thorough data collection and follow-up.

Before Construction:

  • We interview both teachers and parents of the children in the community.
  • Our interview process involves one-on-one discussions with each individual parent. We ask them about the number of people in their homes, time walking for water, sanitation habits, child mortality, and income.
  • From the teachers, we get data on attendance, performance, and health.

After Construction:

  • Our project manager meets with water committees for maintenance and education.
  • Every 4 months, systems are reassessed, stored rainwater is tested and teachers from the schools are re-interviewed.
  • Every 6 months head teachers network to discuss improvements.
  • Parents are re-interviewed yearly to determine successes and failures.

Some results before implementation:

On our last project, in the village of Mstombogo, Tanzania, we found the following statistics from the interview process:

  • 82% of were currently fighting typhoid or another water borne illness
  • 81% of them had been sick within that month with Malaria, kidney problems, diarrhea, worms or typhoid.
  • 40% of the community has buried a child in the last 5 years mostly from malaria and water related stomach sicknesses.
  • 100% of the village collected their drinking water from the river as there were no other resources available.
  • Less than 10% of them boiled the water before drinking it.

Some results after implementation:

Since this project we have found the following results:

  • 0% water contamination of the stored rain water.
  • 96% improvement in general health.
  • 94% improvement in attendance at the primary school.
  • 90% in students passing their national exams to move on to secondary school. Incredibly, over 50% of them are girls!

Tools used to measure results:


Parental Health and Economic Interview

Student Physical Examination

Sustainability Meeting                                                                 

Completed School Assessment                        

New School Enrollment 

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