the water project


Did you know that our children walk 30 minutes to a water source and walk back home carrying a jerrican that weighs 40 pounds?

This water is from very poor sources with bacteria which can cause diarrhea, typhoid, and many other water-borne diseases.

The goal of the Water Project is to secure clean water sources that are sufficient, reliable, and affordable for Raise the Roof Academy and the surrounding community. RTRA’s Education Program currently supports over 1,300 students. We see the need to prioritize clean drinking water, sanitary latrine conditions, and an educational water, sanitation, & hygiene (WASH) program for all of our students and staff. In addition, it is our hope provide the Bwasandeku community with access to clean water.

Over the next couple of years, we will be working to implement a water harvesting system at the school, which will be open to students and the surrounding community. The Water Project is comprised of several components, including a powered borehole, rainwater catchments, an above-ground reservoir, and an underground reservoir. The harvested water will then be pumped throughout the school campus, while also being available to community members. 


This project will have a dramatic impact on health at RTRA and throughout Bwasandeku, Uganda. Together, we can provide clean drinking water, improve hygiene, reduce dangerous commutes to water sources, and create sustainable change within the community. 

Friday, March 22, is World Water Day and we are launching the #CleanWaterChallenge to raise $25,000 dollars for phase one of our water project. All funds raised will help us install an above-ground water harvesting system, install a powered pump on the borehole, install a water purification system for drinking, and offer multiple water distribution points to the community and school bathrooms. The water need at RTRA is urgent!

We invite you to join the #CleanWaterChallenge:

  1. Become a Social Media Ambassador for the RTRA Clean Water Challenge:   

    • Share about why you are joining the RTRA Clean Water Challenge on all your social media platforms and add the link, or create a facebook fundraiser.

    • Interact with the RTRA Clean Water Challenge posts and update your profile pic or banner.

  2. Do anything you can to help raise awareness and reach the goal. Create your own campaign by giving up your birthday or anniversary, or running a 5K for the #CleanWaterChallenge.