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Sustainability Means Follow-up.

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  Last September (2011) the Bank-On-Rain team installed a Rainwater Harvesting system at the Barina Agricultural school. Eric Silverman, a Peace Corp volunteer (left, below) who is still in Sierra Leone sent Mike Williamson (Bank-On-Rain founder) a very important follow up email this week. Eric teaches at the School and has

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Water, Water Everywhere, and Not a Drop to Drink…

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  I visited Sierra Leone last September with the Bank-On-Rain team and even though they have over 130″ of rainfall each year, there is a severe shortage of water in Sierra Leone, especially clean drinking water! Where I live near Seattle we have less than a quarter of the annual

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When Do Students Learn the Fastest?

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  The short answer is: When the students do the teaching! The students at the Barina Agricultural School in Sierra Leone loved showing their artistic skills and teaching themselves about healthy sanitation practices! WASH YOUR HANDS! Last September Bank-On-Rain successfully installed a rain collection system for the 300 students at

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Rainwater Harvesting in Sierra Leone…..

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  I cannot think of a better way to describe Bank-On-Rain’s adventures in Sierra Leone than a persistent ongoing learning experience. We arrived at the Sierra Leone airport the afternoon of September 4th 2011 and made our way to Freetown from the airport via ferry. Mohamed Sesa and Mohamed A.

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Bank On Rain Africa 2011 Update 2

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The Bank-On-Rain team arrived back safely in the US on 19th September. This is the completed rain water collection and storage system which was installed at the Barina Agricultural School in Malaki, Sierra Leon, a couple of seeks ago. I was told that the teachers and helpers from the village did most of the

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Bank On Rain Africa 2011 Update 1

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  These images just arrived from Rajesh Shah, Director of Peer Water Exchange who met with our team in Sierra Leone last week. Since Rajesh isn’t in the images I have to assume he took them. Thank you so much Rajesh. This is the very first news I have received from our Bank

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How do You Communicate a Life or Death Message Cross Culture?

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When we arrive at the Barina Agricultural School in Malaki, Sierra Leone in a couple of weeks, we will have ‘teaching tools’ that communicate the importance of drinking clean water and washing hands. Teachers may understand the importance of hand washing, but do not encourage the practice in students, we are

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Can We Influence People to Turn Off the Faucet?

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  The most important thing I have learned in my past few months with Bank-On-Rain is that the social engineering behind a project provides infinitely more obstacles than any of the mechanical or civil engineering challenges. Good data, planning, calculations, and material acquisition paired with experienced engineers like Ken Blair

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Is there a Recipe for Success in Haiti?

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  Haiti “is positively carpeted with well-meaning but clueless do-gooders. Haitians are pretty accustomed to this, so they have very low expectations.” This is a quote from an email I received from Sara, the mother of a good friend of mine, who lived and worked in Haiti in the mid

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God Is Watching!

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  In a culture where things tend to disappear whenever you aren’t looking, how can you ensure that shipped items will make it safely to a small village in Africa? Bank-On-Rain is planning to install a rain collection system in August for the Barina Agricultural School in Makali and those

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