Nepal: from water woes to overflow pipes
To address this situation, the EU funded an association of humanitarian organisations to work in rehabilitating such structures among vulnerable communities in the highly-impacted districts of Dhading, Lamjung, and Makwanpur.
Back then, his day-to-day life wasn’t so easy.
Like many other villages in central Nepal, the devastating earthquake in 2015 left local water resources, amongst other facilities, in ruins.
“Even providing water to my cattle is difficult”, he told me last year.
Six months after my first visit, the village hosts a large concrete reservoir which can accommodate up to 18 000 litres of drinking water and two other tanks with a capacity of 500 and 1 000 litres.
These facilities provide families with clean water round the clock.
Community contribution The communities welcomed the project wholeheartedly and made huge contributions in the form of construction materials and, most importantly, human resources and labour force.
In order to promote good hygiene and sanitation practices amongst the earthquake-affected families in three of the worst-hit districts of Dhading, Lamjung and Makwanpur, the EU-funded initiative supported the construction of close to 1 000 earthquake-resilient latrines in these areas.
The contributions from the communities to both water schemes and household latrine construction programmes mean the project has successfully engaged people in the activities.
Thanks to the EU funding, more than 8 200 people in Dhading, Makwanpur, and Lamjung districts of central Nepal now have access to clean and safe water and sanitation facilities.