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Raincatchers was created to address the water crisis in Haiti. Most of the country has no running water. There are no sinks, no bathtubs, and no toilets. The associated infections and diseases kill thousands of children every year.

The statistics are compelling:
The average Haitian consumes 3 liters of water per day
(The average American consumes 500 liters per day)
In the mountains of Haiti:
Women & children can spend 1/4 of their lives carrying water
Only 16% of the people have access to sanitation facilities
Only 45% of the people have access to drinking water
Only 0.3% of the people have access to purified water

The inspiration for Rain Catchers came after actually seeing the desperate attempts by Haitian families to capture the rainwater from the tin roofs of their houses. However, even simple materials like a pipe and a barrel are unattainable to most Haitians, and are considered a luxury.

A simple opportunity to help these people grew into a moral obligation to attempt a disciplined and organized effort that would produce measurable results. Our primary resources are the compassionate students who volunteer for week-long mission trips who are supported by friends and family.

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