We believe that every community has the right to clean water.

Rather than relying on hand pumps, wells, and unpredictable groundwater levels, we harness every drop of fresh water that falls from the sky. By combining traditional harvesting practices with new technologies, we make water accessible, clean and safe to drink for millions of people in need.

Our Impact

Targeting Sustainability Goals

Sustainability Goals

Rainwater Harvesting

We believe that every drop of fresh water that falls on the ground, especially in developing regions, should be harnessed for use. Rather than wasting water that runs off rooftops and along streets, we combine traditional harvesting practices with new technologies to make water accessible, clean and safe to drink.

The Barefoot College International provides drinking water to rural schools and village centres using a technique that has been used for hundreds of years in India’s deserts: rainwater harvesting. By collecting rainwater from rooftops and storing it in simple, low-cost underground tanks, we help collect 90 million litres of rainwater in 18 states for 2 million people. The overall water collection capacity is around 50 billion litres of rainwater.

WASH Curriculum in Schools

A WASH curriculum has been developed and integrated in schools (Shikshaniketan, Residential Bridge Schools & Solar Bridge Schools) run by Barefoot College International. Every year, new activities and methods are included which makes learning interactive. Area covered include Water, Sanitation, Health, Hygiene and Environment.

A Story of Impact

8 schoolsand communities with access to drinking water in last 2 years
320 thousand litresof drinking water available through rainwater harvesting
1230students and teachers directly benefiting

Rural schools harvest rainwater

To date the organization has constructed 1,600 rainwater harvesting tanks in government schools; community buildings benefitting more than 2 million people. 500 such tanks were constructed under a project by Minister of Water Resources, including 220 village ponds benefitting more than 0.12 million, 15 anicuts benefitting more than 0.15 million, 45 dug wells recharging more than 130 million litres of rainwater and 4 small dams benefitting around 48,000 people and reaching poorest of the poor communities across 18 states of India.

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