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We harvest rainwater to improve the lives of remote communities

For almost 40 years we’ve worked in India and now Ghana & Uganda to harvest rainwater urgently needed to improve health, reduce poverty, build climate change resilience and free girls/women from water procurement.

To date we’ve worked in over 2,000 villages helping 2.3 million people.

Our impact goes beyond clean water – our work supports multiple Sustainable Development Goals:

A staggering 2.2 billion people still lack access to safely managed drinking water.

Four out of five people living without at least basic drinking water services, are in rural areas.

Source: The United Nations World Water Development Report 2024.

Our water harvesting programmes are a lifeline for the remote rural communities where we work, providing not only clean drinking water but improved personal hygiene & health benefits.

The number of people facing hunger and food insecurity has been rising since 2015, with the pandemic, conflict, climate change and growing inequalities worsening the situation.

Source: UN DESA. 2023. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2023: Special Edition – July 2023.

Our water harvesting tanks in Uganda are enabling many schools to provide pupils meals for the first time and for schools to grow cabbages, maize & bananas in their gardens.

In sub-Saharan Africa, fewer than two-thirds of children complete primary school*. In Uganda pupils miss lessons to collect water and poor sanitation leads to girls dropping out of school once they begin menstruating. 

*Source: UN DESA. 2023. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2023: Special Edition – July 2023.

In the Ugandan schools where we have installed tanks, we have seen a 26% increase in school enrolment and a 23% increase in girl’s attendance.


The UN estimates that if current trends continue, c. 575 million people will still be living in extreme poverty by 2030, with most in sub-Saharan Africa*. Water and poverty are interlinked – a lack of clean water impacts food security, sanitation, livelihood opportunities & education.

*Source: UN DESA. 2023. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2023: Special Edition – July 2023.

In Ghana we are renovating large water dugouts to ensure villagers have access to water all year round and the associated female run water services stay open.

There has been some progress on improving global health in recent years but the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing crises have impeded progress towards this Goal.

The communities we work with in Ghana and Uganda are at risk of contracting water borne diseases due to drinking water that is not clean.

Our programmes provide a clean and on-going water supply. In the Ugandan schools where we have installed tanks, attendance levels have increased due to reduced sickness levels.

The UN’s latest SDG report in 2023 states “With a climate cataclysm looming, the pace and scale of current climate action plans are wholly insufficient to effectively tackle climate change.”

The communities where we work are already being impacted by intense extreme weather events and rising temperatures.

In Uganda, the water from our tanks is being used to grow tree seedlings to plant in school gardens and distributed to parents and communities to enhance village micro-climates.

Help us make a real difference

We enable you to help provide clean drinking water to vulnerable, rural communities.

As an individual

WaterHarvest has a great community of supporters – people like you who want to make a difference. Fundraise, volunteer or donate.

As a corporate

We can create a standalone programme or a corporate partnership can be part of a larger programme.  

As a community

We work with groups such as churches, schools and others to help them find rural communities they wish to support to find a source of clean water.

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