Our work consists of identifying islands and regions of those islands which have the greatest difficulty with access to clean drinking water. We then aim to find the most vulnerable in those communities; the aged, the handicapped, or single parents with many children, and make them the caretakers of the 1000 litre tank which is placed beside their home, primarily to collect rainwater.
Enabling people in remote villages on islands worldwide to collect and store rainwater for drinking and hygiene.
After nearly 14 years as an association, starting with a humble 20 tanks on Manda Island off the east coast of Kenya, we just reached and bypassed 1000 rainwater harvesting tanks in 6 different regions of the world!
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who has in any way helped us to reach this milestone! It’s a team effort (including funds, friendship, encouragement and very importantly, prayer) and we look forward to continuing to help the poorest people in the world (who are unable to help themselves) in the years to come.
Our next project is currently being prepared for the island of Idjwi on Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Lake Kivu is an immense body of water, which has shores in Rwanda and the DRC. It’s a saline lake, which also has a very large pocket of methane gas, making the water undrinkable. Children’s and adults lives are lost each year as they go by dugout canoes to Rwanda or to a part of the island where springs are found.
Idjwi is long and hilly, with a population of approximately 300, 000. Typhoid, cholera and dysentery are serious problems in this region and can be rectified with clean water for drinking and personal hygiene.
Wings of Grace International are planning to distribute 100 x 2000 litre tanks destined for high traffic areas such as hospitals, dispensaries and schools, and 300 x 1000 litre tanks for villages furthest from a potable water source, allowing 500,000 litres of water catching capacity to be available by the time we’re finished with the first phase of our project.
Each 2000 litre tank will cost US $175 and each 1000 litre tank US $ 110 including lockable taps and transport.
Total needed for this project: $50,500
A small group of friends and good hearted people team up to carry out a God given idea to help forgotten people in villages on islands worldwide have access to clean drinking water via rainwater harvesting.
1000 liter/250 gallon, PVC, drinking-quality tanks are sourced in each country and prices negotiated on the basis of our working as a charity. Cost of tanks vary depending on the country, as does the transport. In Madagascar, a tank with a tap which is transported to the Tulear District will cost in the range of 340 Euros. That tank can last from 30-40 years if cared for correctly. Tanks remain the property of Wings of Grace International, so that our rules of sharing water and not selling the tanks are respected.
WATER STATIONS INSTALLED
LITRES PER TANK
CAPACITY FOR CLEAN WATER (Litres)
It’s totally unacceptable that in this day and age there are still so many people on this planet who don’t yet have access to clean drinking water on a regular basis.
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