Project #9791

Provide affordable water to villagers in Kerala

by Rainwater for Humanity
Feb 4, 2013

January Update

Sylas and Dr. John accepting the Obama Singh award
Sylas and Dr. John accepting the Obama Singh award

The last round of construction is officially over leaving 14 tanks on the ground now collecting water! And as a continuation of the successful engineering research done over the summer of 2012, we have started the prototyping process in India. By using a systematic test of metrics, our team in India is currently in the process of determining whether our new construction materials will be suitable for a new tank model. 


The team at Brown has been working hard to prepare its internal structure for a scalable future. We have overhauled and revamped our website ( ), and will now be posting weekly blog updates on our day to day work. The ultimate goal of the work done at Brown is to succeed in bringing Rainwater for Humanity into non-profit status under a fiscally sustainable business model. At this stage we would be able to sustain permanent positions in India, and expand our impact to other villages.

One of our major successes in the attempt to expand our network, was a request to present our work at the Unite for Sight conference in Yale in April. We are so excited for the opportunity to present our team and get our name out!


Our India team also has exciting news: Mahatma Gandhi University was a winner in the Obama-Singh initiative (Obama-Singh Initiative). They were awarded $80,000 to facilitate international student research exchange. We plan on using the additional financial support to integrate our Brown and Indian teams through more frequent student trips.

MGU Obama-Singh acceptance ceremony
MGU Obama-Singh acceptance ceremony



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Rainwater for Humanity

Location: Providence, RI - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Rainwater for Humanity
Project Leader:
Sam Lee
Moncompu, Alappuzha India

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