Welcome to Our Exclusive Rainwater Harvesting (RaHa) Community!
You and Other Community Members (see below) will reduce cost of managing stormwater by installing a beautiful barrel/butt (see photo, click photo to see more) in your home. The barrel/butt will enable you harvest and use rainwater. It does not matter size of your outdoor space.
By looking at your awesome outdoor, one will see that you are part of the exclusive community.
If you already harvest and use rainwater in your home (or if you cannot harvest for any reason), you will collect these photos to reward yourself for being in the community. Your photo collection will tell that you are main part of the exclusive RaHa Community.
You and Other Community Members (see below) will reduce:
- wastage of treated water by building RaHa Clean Close Water systems in schools and the like, which are currently using treated water to flush toilets and the like.
- possibilities of fire hazard in densely populated low income settlements by building RaHa Water Collection Systems in the settlements.
- unemployment by building RaHa Water Collection systems in carwash yards, RaHa rainwater bottling enterprises, wineries, irrigation farms and the like.
You and Other Community Members (see below) will also reduce contamination of rainwater. This will be done by building toilets in villages and schools where the human right for access to improved sanitation facilities cannot be guaranteed.
50% of Kenyan communities lack available clean water. 81% of these qualify for a rainwater harvesting (RaHa) systems. Other places throughout the world struggle with the same issue. Our community goal is to produce the longest lasting beautiful RaHa systems at the lowest possible cost, so more people can have access to pure, fresh water and improved sanitation facilities. 960 Millions people still practice open defecation (UNICEF 2015). In its latest report on progress on sanitation and drinking water (2015), WHO and UNICEF stated that worldwide 2,4 billion people still lack access to improved sanitation facilities.
- a donor
- An advertiser –– one who draws attention to products, services, or events in public offline news medium; or,
- a beneficiary i.e., a:
- water starved village or school (wherein we, as a community, reduce water starvation by building RaHa Clean Close Water for free);
- densely populated low-income settlement (wherein we reduce fire hazard by building RaHa Clean Close Water for free);
- ‘premises’ of a water based enterprise – like carwash –(wherein we reduce unemployment by building RaHa Clean Close Water for free);
- school and the like (wherein we reduce wastage of treated water by building RaHa Clean Close Water for free); and,
- village or school (wherein we reduce pollution of rainwater by building toilets for free)
What’s in the community for you (as a donor)
You will not run around to audit RaHa projects. RaHa Progress report is published in offline news media. This way, members of public audit for you –– as you donate to RaHa what you would otherwise spend in auditing.
The report is also reported online.
What’s in the community for you (as an advertiser)
As an advertiser you will mark built RaHa systems with your logo/name just so that beneficiaries may get clean close water or improved sanitation.
Although the marking is for free, it helps a lot. To account for funds, RaHa publishes news articles about the beneficiaries –– this reduces to zero the cost of auditing RaHa projects, donors don’t have to travel to the beneficiaries to check what RaHa has done, instead they read the articles and wait to hear public reaction to the articles.
Main part of the publicity are photos of different built systems. Since your logo/name is not same as that of another advertiser, photo of a system you mark is not same as photo of a system marked by another advertiser. This difference makes the publicity a lot less monotonous.
In return for this marking, you get a collection of photos (at your reception or board room), which tell that you are main part of the exclusive rainwater harvesting (RaHa) community. The collection will also tell that you are part of community that improves sanitation conditions in villages and schools.
The news articles are published in the same publication as your advertisements — and actually points people to your advertising! Each of the articles or press releases emphasises the good work you are doing by helping beneficiaries get the much-needed water or toilet –– a beneficiary gets RaHa or Sanitation facility because you agree to do the marking.
Cooperation of the news articles and your advertising produces a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. The cooperation spreads information about RaHa more effectively, encouraging more nominations while freeing funds that RaHa would otherwise spend on field officers and publicity. The freed money is equal to cost of major parts of the systems, so you donate substantially –– in some countries, a tax write-off –– without spending anything extra.
You may mention your support in small parts of your ads –– these are the same ads that you plan to publish in any 7 days (assuming that your name is CHISHOLM and subject beneficiary is called KUKU, you may mention that ‘Chisholm Supports Kuku’) – this is a right that you may refrain from applying or enforcing.
What’s in the community for you (as a beneficiary)
In return, you provide all required unskilled labour. You also provide space for building the systems. You (as a group) agree about the space to reduce chances of you (as a group) disagreeing while RaHa is on site to begin building the systems.
RAHA – OUR STORY
RaHa began as leaders saw, first-hand, the difficulty some villages had in finding clean water.
RaHa‘s founder, Titi Kadu studied civil engineering and worked with consulting engineering firm Otieno Odongo & Partners supervising and managing civil works. One project involved road through an area with serious water problems. Titi saw that quarries left behind collected contaminated rainwater. This dirty water became the poor villagers’ best source of water.
Titi brought his engineering skills to bear on solving the pressing need for clean water close to home. Rainwater harvesting seemed the ideal solution. He researched the best methods for rainwater harvesting in low-income settlements.
He wanted a system that:
- Required no electricity
- Needed Little maintenance
- Could be kept up by the community members without needing for skilled labor
- Greatest value for building cost
- Low to no cost to run
- Long lasting
His research led him to durable galvanized steel tanks and zincalume steel tanks with a life-span of 60 years.
Starting out, he helped recondition tanks for a new lease on life for Oiti village in Kajiado Kenya. The tank was not used for several years because it could not contain water. Titi used his own funds to make the tank useable.
Ms. Grace Mueni nominated the water scarce community of Kavililo in Kitui, Kenya. Water was so scarce there, that when she drove to the community she would fill her car with cans of water to take to the village. Some members of the community had to walk 12 hours for a single round trip to collect water.
Again, Titi used personal money to drill a well or bore hole in Kavililo. But he could not continue to fund all the projects his heart wanted to do.
So Titi created RaHa, RaHa Solutions, Raha Charitable Trust & Collect RaHa Solutions
His understanding of the need for community participation helped him set up a unique way to involve the community, advertisers, and media. Through creative publicity and shared work, RaHa builds a sense of joint ownership and responsibility.
MEET THE OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS
Founder Member of RaHa
Titi is a native Kenyan who thoroughly understands the culture, the system, and the people. He knows how to overcome roadblocks to accomplish his goals. He works beyond tribe and community to bring fresh water wherever there is a need —in every area of his country or the world.
Titi’s civil engineering background, management experience and understanding of the Kenyan culture make him uniquely capable to lead these projects.
While Titi works personally with the projects, he does not draw a salary. All money donated goes directly into rainwater harvesting or bore holes for water-deprived communities.
The political and cultural climate in Kenya is fraught with pitfalls. It requires innovation and determination to accomplish goals.
One of Titi Kadu’s first projects involved putting rainwater-harvesting tanks in a number of schools. The project was part funded by him – he gave a huge discount!
He was working on the first of the schools and was painting the corrugated metal roofs with rust-resistant paint, when the other party had him charged with obtaining the part funding without intention to do the work. The case is still in court.
This did not deter him. He is pressing forward with his vision. These people deserve clean water!
To avoid such interference, all funds from such relationships are held in escrow until the work on related project is completed.
This opens RaHa to working with organizations that:
- are prohibited from advertising; but,
- would like to provide water to villages
- even though their funds for doing so are inadequate.
Member of RaHa
Sandy markets RaHa in the USA. She donates to many charitable activities.
Member of RaHa
Thanks to Rex and Climate, Inc (Climate), RaHa has direct supplies devoid of layering – this makes RaHa bring the highest value to the water starved. Climate supports us with design, project solutions, products, certifying installations, and helping build maintenance programs.
Rex is an executive with proven record of delivering sales and operational results for new and growing businesses. He has high comprehension and ability to fast download all aspects of an operation from the ground up through the eyes of the water-starved. He has a customer centric approach to problem solving that produces breakthrough results in revenue growth and cost reduction (EBITDA). 25+years demonstrated ability to lead large, diverse teams by defining clear objectives and working cross functionally inside and outside the organization to achieve positive results, boosting revenue and shareholder value by creating and executing innovative growth strategies, delivering improved customer value propositions, and building top tiered engaged teams.
He runs Climate, which distributes several of the most dynamic rainwater harvesting and stormwater product lines in the world. Climate has an enormous selection of tanks made from stainless steel, galvanized steel, fiberglass, and poly for rainwater harvesting, secondary containment, cooling towers, agriculture, wineries, car washes, stormwater, and much more.
One of Rex’s ambitions is to make RaHa a full line integration and supply organ for products of Climate. Rainwater Harvesting Division of Climate are a global distributor for 3P Technik Filtersysteme HDPE (anti bacterial/food grade/ UV resistant) pre filtration and rainwater harvesting exclusively. The division supplies multiple varieties of tanks, liners, bladders, pump stations and pumps, UV systems, tank level monitoring, fittings, and accessories.
Sanitation Division of Climate also has interesting products.
Junaid A Patel
Member of RaHa
Junaid & Freeflush Rainwater Harvesting will design RaHa systems. Their design experience has been nurtured through many years working in the water industry. The designs range from simple wall hung water butts/barrels through to large tanks with pump control. They aim to make rainwater harvesting more accessible through their innovative products.
They support this exclusive RaHa & Sanitation Community in whichever way they can.
Junaid, CEng MICE Civil Environmental Engineer, is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Project Manager with experience of developing major civil engineering schemes from inception to delivery for a variety of clients including the Environment Agency, Highways Agency, Councils and Private Developers.
Member of RaHa
Isaac trained in business administration. He currently works in the transportation business. Isaac’s home village had a water access problem during his growing years. Now, at age 55, his home has no other water source but rain harvesting.
Member of RaHa
Amos is a trained business administrator. He works in transportation. At age 60, his home’s only water source is rainwater harvesting. The system has worked very well for him and he sees the benefits of helping others use this low cost, low maintenance pure water source.