Profiling our Country-Based Collaborators

by Rachel Nisbet | 22 March 2019
Image Profiling our Country-Based Collaborators

Sumaj Punchay is a Bolivian NGO, with expertise in locally mitigating the effects of climate change, food security and sovereignty, sustainable family agriculture. They work in a country where 3 million people live in rural areas, where agricultural labour is the main source of employment. Approximately, 70 % of these people live below the poverty line. Accordingly, Sumaj Punchay plays a key role in ensuring the livelihood of these rural, farming populations. The NGO works to ensure children have access to drinking water in rural schools, by harvesting rainwater. It also works with farmers in their 60s and 70s, helping them to continue farming, even as rainfall patterns change in the local region.

APAF (Association pour la promotion des arbres fertilitaires) is a dynamic, experienced NGO, working in six West-African countries. They are committed to reinstating traditional, African agroforestry techniques. Mr Mansour N’Diaye directs APAF-Senegal. He has directed the planting 250,000 rapidly growing trees, which are re-fertilising lands farmed by 49 Senegalese villages. We are excited to collaborate with APAF this year, combining our agroforestry and rainwater harvesting knowledge.

In 2019, our long-standing partner, Kanchan Nepal, will install a Blue School in Bijaya, near Pokhora, Nepal, with our assistance. For Kanchan’s engineers and technicians, harvesting rain means storing and sharing a common, resource. Please, do have a look at their Facebook page with its great video, promoting their work!

Our projects

The Blue Schools

This program aims to educate schoolchildren to the management of water, sanitation and good hygiene practices, but also the recovery of waste to make blue schools, incubators of social change "

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Construction of rainwater harvesting systems in Bhaktapur, to provide safe access todrinking water in 2 schools and 6 camps for displaced families after the 2015 earthquake.

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The Rain, the soil and the people

Climate change requires us to rethink our management methods and practices. This project aims to build community resilience by combining better management of water resources, trees and soil.

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" Unserved "

The "Unserved" project aims to provide access to clean water and restore dignity for those who have nothing, the forgotten from water services, who live on the outskirts of our cities and have to fight every day to access even water for drinking.


Workshops: Water and the City

The objective of this workshop is to bring school children to become aware of their environment, and to be able to implement durable, sustainable solutions in their city.

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In the rain ink

The aim of this "In the rain ink" project is to transform the representations of rainwater seen as a nuisance, poetically using the urban environment in which we live.

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International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA)

International Environment House 2
Chemin de Balexert, 9
1219 Châtelaine, Geneva CH

T: +41 22 797 41 57

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Account: 17-198970-3
IBAN: CH15 0900 0000 1719 8970 3