OUR MISSION

Every 15 seconds a child dies from lack of access to clean water. Save the Rain teaches water-starved communities in East Africa to use rain as a sustainable water supply, stopping the needless deaths caused by the Global Water Crisis. To achieve our mission, we educate communities to harvest the rain through roof water collection, surface water collection, and groundwater recharge. We educate recipients on the importance of reforestation, sanitation, hygiene, and sustainable agriculture through permaculture design. Our systems are built from local materials by a community elected local workforce. They require no electricity, pumping or filtration, thus assuring sustainability.

 

We are Save the Rain because saving rain saves lives.

 

Thanks to our corporate sponsors, 100% of publicly donated money directly funds projects.

SAVE THE RAIN MISSION

STAFF STORIES

  • THE FIRST RECEIVER

    Violeth is a born fighter. Literally, she was born with both of her hands in a tight fisted position. It was not until she was a toddler that her fingers could finally move freely. But her thumbs did not. Skin inevitably grew over the thumbs trapping them against her palms. Often her parents would find dirt and small bugs trapped in her hands because she could...

  • LAST YEAR IN REVIEW

    We have been working in the Kingori Ward in Northern Tanzania since 2013. All 14 villages in the ward have received assistance because of a very determined woman named Felista. She walked to our office on 3 separate occasions asking for help for the children of her area – a trek that takes us 1.5 hours to drive. On the day we arrived to assess the...

  • THE PATH OF THE HERD

    She followed the elephants. She walked in the herd’s path. She carried her life with her. Omega Mevaashi found her new home along the way. It was “a big land,” she said, with big trees and big animals. Everything was big because everything could grow. The ground was rich. The rains fell.   More and more people followed the elephants, followed Omega. They brought more and...

  • Joseph

    We’re driving down the dirt road, body jerking left and right, I’m trying my best not to smack my head against the window.  Joseph, the co-director of Save the Rain, is laughing as we hit each bump. To the right, Mt. Kilimanjaro stands tall and proud. To the left is Mt. Meru, a regal reminder of the significant beauty of this part of the world. Maasai...

  • Mama Agnes

    The house came a bag at a time. She sold sunflowers to buy a bag of cement. A chicken pedaled meant a sack of sand to add to the pile. Foibe Elisaria saved day by day, year by year, to build her home. Brick by brick. She was pregnant with her daughter when she started. A now 23-year old woman. Foibe constructed in installments because of...

  • Diana

    Diana Peter’s core principals are simple. But not effortless. “If you want to benefit,” she said, “you have to do your work from your heart. You don’t do it just because you need money. It needs to come from your heart.” As a manager for Save the Rain, she teaches women how to mix concrete, how to smooth out plaster, how to mold chicken wire. How to...

  • HIDDEN NO MORE

    Debora’s grandmother, Bibi in Swahili, gathers water from the pipe a few hundred yards away from  their home. The water is green. Not clean enough to drink or cook with, but is used to wash clothes, which Debora does several times a day. Bibi is 59 and has been the sole caregiver for Debora since she was 3 years-old as well as two of her other...

  • BEGIN WHERE YOU ARE

    Pale yellow kernels of corn fly like confetti, as John Anaeli pushes his thumb along the dried rows of the cob. He sits on a small wooden stool on top of a white plastic tarp with small mountains of kernels that took hours to form. One kernel hits John in the eye and a broad smile stretches across his face, as his brother, Elisante, rolls with...

  • GLORY SMILES

    Glory’s husband died because he was struck by a car in the middle of the night. His body was found in the morning, decimated by wildlife. When we met Glory and her son Fredrick, the depression that surrounded them was palpable. Some tragedies are simply too much for the heart to withstand. But the woman standing before us is lighter; and though she still struggles to...

  • YOU GAVE, WE GREW

    This year, we helped 37,000 people celebrate the rain and its ability to create an incredibly abundant life. In 10 new villages, 374 rainwater tanks, both large and small, were built and are now full of clean water. Alongside of them, food gardens are blooming. There is clean water to drink and green veggies to eat.   Our Tanzania team grew to 147 people strong. We...

  • Building Bridges in Tuvaila

    One of our latest recipients is Tuvaila. Located in the Maji Ya Chai Ward, The Tuvaila Primary School is the largest in the area with 1280 students from kindergarten through the 7th grade. 80 of the students are special needs.   Maji Ya Chai in Swahili means “water like tea”. The children in this area walk through life thinking they are unknown to the world. But...

  • Happy 13th Birthday Save the Rain

    Gratitude is at the forefront of our minds lately. Not just because of the holiday season but because it’s felt like a year filled with crisis. Hurricanes, fire, violence – so much loss demands that we take stock. Crisis is an interesting word. It is derived from the Greek word meaning decision. Its definition “a time when a difficult or important decision must be made.” At...

  • Polarized Views

    Dickson’s grandmother won the lottery. She was the recipient of a residential rainwater harvesting system on her home. She lives in Maji Ya Chai, a village riddled with fluoride issues in the groundwater. Rainwater harvesting is the only way to get safe drinking water. Her life had been filled with hardship. She buried two of her children, most of her family and her husband abandoned her....

  • SINGING FOR THE RAIN

    Three years ago, we gathered in Lositeti, a village in the far reaches of the Makiba Ward in the Arumeru district of Tanzania. As we finish the tour of the school, Gilbert, a local Rotarian, becomes emotional. He says he is not certain how this kind of poverty exists in Northern Tanzania. Truthfully, it takes only one story to fully understand the depth of their struggle...

  • HAPPY

    She stood before she spoke. Straightened her dress and composed herself. Happy John had something to say. She wasn’t going to wait.   This was the first meeting Save the Rain organized in her village. Save the Rain wanted to hear the stories of Lositeti and Happy had many to tell.   “My dream is to be able to give my children breakfast before they go...

  • NIPAELI

    Even in a crowd of people, Nipaeli stood out. Her beauty is indescribable. The problem was she was living a life she did not ask for. She left her family to be with her husband. Her husband moved them to a village that was foreign to her. They had four children back to back. When Jonathan was born, Nipaeli had been pregnant for 11 months. Though...

  • IRENE

    IRENE’S smile is as big as it gets and her stature is the polar opposite. She is no more than 5’ tall and spaghetti strand thin. She is child-like in appearance and ancient in wisdom. She sees solutions that are broad to create opportunity for as many people as possible.   Irene is married to a man who was broken by his choices and found his solutions...

  • LEMNA

    In September 2000, LEMNA was 30 and pregnant with her 4th child. She was married to a man whose family thrived on abusive power. They loved to leave Lemna feeling powerless and afraid. On this particular night, their cruelty was deafening. They all stood in the home she helped build and demanded that she leave. She was not worthy of their name nor of this home. They were driving her...

  • ELIESH

    Her eyes are like a map of hardship. You can feel her struggle engraved in them. When ELIESH laughs, the pain is replaced by joyful abandon. But it is her quiet smile that communicates that you are with someone who can overcome anything. She is remarkably thin and yet she emanates a comforting warmth and a mighty strength.   Eliesh has 6 children. Saying she raised them...

  • MILGRID

    It takes a little while for MILGRID to smile. She has learned to keep herself relatively invisible, to express her joy quietly and to tiptoe through her own life. When she finally allows herself to smile, she creates a warmth that is palpable. It feels like a hug. But she doesn’t know it. Her shame predates it.   Milgrid like so many other women and girls has...

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