In rural Bluefields, Jamaica, people often carry the water (five gallons = 40 lbs!) they use from a local source hundreds of feet or more from their home. These water sources can be contaminated from agricultural land runoff, sometimes creating sickness in those who drink it.
To solve for this, we’ve partnered with the Bluefields People’s Community Association, to give the gift of clean water to the people with the most need, by installing filtered rainwater catchment systems at their homes.
This year, we’re building fifty systems for fifty families. Just $750 builds a filtered, mosquito-proof, 650-gallon rainwater catchment system to one family, plus provides fair pay for those who install it. When you partner with us to give the gift of clean water, your dollar’s impact is doubled, by providing both clean water and equitable job opportunities.
Bluefields, Jamaica: Rainwater Catchment Program Stats, 2013-2019
- Residential 650-Gallon Systems: 33 installed since 2013
- Direct Beneficiaries: 59 adults, 106 children
- Total Collection Capacity: 24,150 gallons
- Other Installations:
- Bluefields Basic School System: 2,500-gallon system installed in 2014 as a partnership between Jah Works and multiple organizations. Upfit in 2019 to include 200 gallons of potable water with the use of solar powered UV filtration devices, in partnership with RainHarvest Systems.
- WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Prototype: indoor bathroom (shower, sink, toilet), septic system, and rainwater-catchment system combination, with solar-powered pump, installed for a senior citizen.