Gathering baseline date, tracking recipients progress, measuring challenges and successes and testing water quality are all part of what makes our projects successful. We monitor the health of the students and measure their success through an evaluation process designed by the University of Washington’s Epidemiology Department. Parents are interviewed at the initial village meeting and children’s health are evaluated prior and post receiving aid. Water quality testing is also done on both the residential rainwater harvesting systems and the school rainwater harvesting systems.
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, for the longest amount of time, in the shortest amount of time, for the least amount of money. Successful development comes from cultivating and nurturing relationships. As part of this, we are committed to thorough data collection and follow-up.
- We interview both teachers, parents and community members within the village.
- Our interview process involves one-on-one discussions with each individual. We ask them about the number of people in their homes, time walking for water, sanitation habits, child mortality, health, sociological issues and income.
- From the teachers, we get data on attendance, performance, and health.
- Our project managers meet with water committees within the villages for maintenance and education.
- Every quarter, systems are reassessed, stored rainwater is tested and teachers from the schools are re-interviewed.
- Every year, head teachers network to discuss improvements.
- Parents are re-interviewed yearly to determine successes and failures.
- Students are re-evaluated to track their growth and health progress.
Some results before implementation:
As an example, 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 was completed, we have found the following results in this village:
- 0% water contamination of the stored rain water.
- 96% improvement in general health.
- 94% improvement in attendance at the primary school.
- 90% improvement in students passing their national exams to move on to secondary school. Incredibly, over 50% of them are girls!