HydroHarvest is a venture dedicated to bringing clean water to developing countries through cost-effective rainwater harvesting systems. Our team has worked extensively with our community partners in Rwanda in the past and on water projects. We are seeking funds in order to install a rainwater harvesting system at the Maranyundo School this summer as the pilot of our venture. This project will immediately impact the school community of 200 girls and administrators. Our analysis shows that the investment in a system with a collection area of 600m2 breaks even in under 3 years through cost savings from eliminated water and firewood purchases. In addition to the economic benefit, the system will provide important community health benefits and serve as a reproducible model for additional projects providing access to clean water in Rwanda.
Provide clean water for a school of 200 girls
We are working together with the Benebikira sisters, who run over 20 schools and orphanages with over 5000 children in locations across the country. We are also working together with Ann Fox, the President of the Paraclete Foundation, a long-time partner of Benebikira sisters, and co-founder of the Maranyundo school.
The HydroHarvest student team of Marvin Arnold, Peter Bojo, and Jean Pierre Nshimyimana has a blend of highly relevant experience from working on water projects and on the ground in Rwanda. Peter traveled to Rwanda this past summer to improve a water purification system at a university dorm run by the Benebikira sisters. Jean Pierre is originally from Rwanda, and before obtaining his Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, he worked as a consultant in Rwanda. He managed water accessibility programs in various developing countries and also led the design and installation of rainwater harvesting systems that have been operational since 2007. These systems are currently providing clean water to Gorilla Truckers and Bistate Health Center in Rwanda. Marvin graduated last spring and has been working full time for Wyman Worldwide Health Partners in Rwanda, where he manages health clinics.
Paraclete Foundation and the Benebikira Sisters
Boston and Rwanda
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