In honor of today being World Water Day, we bring you this timely news item from Radio Netherlands Worldwide:
“Two Dutch organisations and their African partners have won a prestigious award for a rainwater-harvesting project to be carried out in Ethiopia. The project will be officially launched on World Water Day, at a ceremony in Addis Ababa.”
“In the grey gloom of a wintry morning in the Netherlands, where falling rain only adds to the dampness afforded by full canals, it seems almost incongruous to discuss the vital contribution that the rain can make to scant water supplies in hotter, drier climes. But the plans and actions of two Amsterdam-based organisations and their African partners have been recognised and rewarded with a prestigious international prize, to be awarded on Thursday, 22 March.”
Dr Kirsten Neke is Programme Manager with the RAIN Foundation (Rainwater harvesting Implementation Network), a small NGO which specialises in facilitating local expertise and involvement in collecting rainfall in developing countries.
Speaking in the Radio Netherlands’ Water Week edition of the Research File, she explained that RAIN has, to date, established projects in Nepal, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Mali, mainly using a system of guttering to channel roof-top run-off into ten cubic metre storage tanks.
“It is something that’s affordable, and it’s a very easily understood technology which can be incorporated into people’s lives very easily, without it feeling like a strange thing”.
Bry Sarte and Ken Kortkamp from Sherwood Design Engineers as well as Alex Lantsberg of SF Sustainable Watersheds Alliance (SWAle) were interviewed about the project for this week’s edition of Radio Netherlands Worldwide. You can
listen to the episode here.