The Global Rain Water Harvesting Collective
[last updated January 5, 2005 2:25 AM]
2004 - Open Ended
Geographic Scope: National
Country(ies) where the partnership is being implemented:
National Focal Points
This partnership has not made any contact with the national focal points for sustainable development in the countries involved
The Global Rain Water Harvesting Collective(GRWHC) has been registered in Amsterdam. The new Board of the Trust Foundation will be in place in June-July 2004.
The GRWHC has already been registered in Jaipur the State capital of Rajasthan, in India.
a) The GRWHC will enter into a partnership with the Ministry of water Resources Government of India to implement roof top rain water harvesting structures in 100 schools all over the country
b) The GRWHC will enter into a MOU with the Water Supply Sanitation Collaborative Council(WSSCC) in Geneva to jointly implement roof top RWH tanks in schools globally
c) GRWHC will enter into a partnership with Plan Netherlands to construct 400 roof top RWH structures in 400 schools in Senegal, Ethiopia, India and Nepal.
d) To network with likeminded Business houses with a policy to promote Corporate Social Responsibility and encourage Public-Private partnerships on a large scale in the area of providing drinking water and sanitation in remote rural areas
e) A Partnership between GRWHC Collective and Water Aid in West Africa is being planned to cover Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Cote d┐Ivoire
f) A partnership between GRWHC and Water Aid is being planned to cover remote schools in Nepal
g) Negotiations are continuing to enter into a joint partnership with the Georg Fischer Clean Water Campaign the Global Rain Water Harvesting Collective and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in Geneva to involve more social entrepreneurs from Mexico and Colombia in roof top rain water harvesting in schools.
h) Negotiations are continuing with 4 Norwegian based NGOS( CARE, Norwegian Church Aid, Development Fund and save the Children) to get funds from NORAD to do roof top rain water harvesting in schools in Ethiopia, Mali, Sudan and Eritrea. The GRWHC will provide the training and technical expertise.
i) To start a website and a Newsletter informing all the members of the progress we are making in these partnerships.
Progress against targets
a) In India
Rainwater collection Structures (Tanks ) Constructed by the Barefoot College for Drinking Water in rural schools and Community Centers in India till the Year 2003
1. Total Number of Tanks constructed by Barefoot Architects 446
2. - in rural schools 317
3. -in Community and Training centers 113
4. In S.C.|S.T. AREA 16
5. Total rainwater stored at normal rainfall 27 million litres
6. No. of villages 389
7. Districts 16
8. States Rajasthan, Sikkim, M.P., Gujarat and Uttaranchal
9. Geographical Area Desert , Hilly, and Plain
10. Local Employment generated for at least 30 days in a tank. Total no. of people 15,000
11. Rural Youth trained in traditional skills of tanka construction 200
12. Users' population 25,000
b) The partnership with the Ministry of Water resources Government of India resulted in the GRWHC receiving nearly $ 300,000 in financial support to cover 100 rural primary schools in 13 Indian States through 20 grass root organizations. This project is almost complete.
c) A MOU was signed in February 2004 in New Delhi India between the WSSCC and the GRWHC. An understanding to construct 4 roof top rain water harvesting tanks in schools in Dakar-the first of its kind ever in the country- through 4 community based organizations has been reached. The work will be completed in June-July. It will serve as a showcase and a demonstration model when the WSSCC holds in global meet on water and sanitation in November 2004 in Dakar. Field Visits of delegates are being planned to sensitise delegates from other countries who are no aware of the importance and relevance of roof top rain water harvesting in Africa.
d) A contract between GRWHC and Plan Nederlands has been signed for nearly EU 1 million for 3 years to construct a total of 400 RWH tanks in Senegal, India, Ethiopia and Nepal. The training of trainees has been carried out in the barefoot College, Tilonia Rajasthan India. The trainees came from Senegal and Nepal. Work on the roof top RWH tanks is about to begin in Senegal and Nepal.
e) The GRWHC entered into its first Public-Private Partnership with the Clean Water Campaign of the Georg Fischer Foundation Schaffhausen Switzerland. A Total of $ 50,000 was received to construct 30 RWH tanks in schools in Rajasthan and Sikkim. This was completed in October 2003
f) Another contract has been signed for $ 80,000 to cover 50 schools in Sikkim.
g) Two Newsletters and a website has been designed and are in place(www.globalrainwaterharvesting.org)
Coordination Mechanism of the Partnership
The Global rain Water Harvesting Collective will make an attempt to establish Partnerships based on Trust, Equality, Transparency and Collective Ownership. As the list of Partnership Targets will indicate the Public-Private Partnership has to include the Community of beneficiaries and practitioners as equal Partners as well.
Each Partnership will have its own unique Coordination Mechanism where the community will have equal decision making and taking powers than the donor and the Government where necessary.
Implementation Mechanism of the Partnership
The Plan of Action will involve Community Based Organisations(CBOS) who are working at the grass roots and are in constant touch with the communities who face acute water shortage. The idea is to concentrate and focus on providing drinking water in schools and places where services are being provided to the whole communities like dispensaries, family planning clinics, training,, centers , and women┐s hostels where there is very little water available for drinking water and sanitation. Where resources permit this is already being done on a small scale.
The first step will be to collect as much information as possible on communities already collecting rainwater to meet their water and sanitation needs. A proforma has already been prepared by the collective to be sent to all CBOs who have already expressed an interest in the Johannesburg Summit and are looking forward to be
The second step will be to collect and analyse the information relating to cost of labour, materials, traditional knowledge available and location. This is to establish the competence of the CBO and the preparation of the community to implement the project as soon as possible.
The third step will be to call a meeting of the CBOs who have responded to the GRWHC initiative with a sole purpose to finalising a Joint Plan of Action. This will contain
i) Name and location of CBO
ii) Name and location of the school\community place where the RWH structure is to be constructed
iii)The cost of digging, raw materials, water proofing, supervision, monitoring, and documentation
iv) The Work Plan and Time Plan
v) The time it will take to complete the work.
Funding Currently Available
Amount in US$: 1130000
a) Amount : EU 1 Million
Source: Plan Netherlands
Purpose: Establishment of Global Rainwater Harvesting Collective. NGO funds the set up and fixed costs of the Collective during its first three years
b) Amount $ 130,000
Source Georg Fischer Clean Water campaign Switzerland
Purpose 80 roof top rain water harvesting tanks in 80 schools in rajasthan and Sikkim in India through the Collective registered in India
Non-financial resources available
Required Amount in US$: 1000000
Source(s) already approached: Efforts would be made to reach out to potential donors and create future funding opportunities. It is hoped within the year 2004 $ 1 million will be raised from various sources.
Non-financial resources sought
Source(s) approached and details: