World Water Day 2019: Water for all
The theme of World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind’.
In Nepal, that’s exactly what we strive to do.
Since 1989, we’ve partnered with UK Aid to provide access to clean water and sanitation to remote communities in Nepal. As a result of our work, over 350,000 people have gained access to clean water.
A consistent water supply, combined with individual tapstands for each home, means that villages see an improved economy. They also experience dramatic drops in sickness rates, with waterborne diseases such as dysentery reduced by over 90%.
“Thanks to The Gurkha Welfare Trust, water is easily accessible inside my home. This means I now have more time for farming. It has reduced the burden for the person like me.”
Amrit Bahadur Tamang, Ramechhap
Our water schemes set the standard across Nepal. The design and construction of our ‘one house one tap’ approach has been adopted by the Nepali Government.
Clean water = a brighter future
As well as providing clean water and delivering sanitation education in remote communities, we also run a school sanitation programme. By installing systems such as gender-separate toilets with access for disabled children, more pupils are attending our schools and receiving an education.
“Pupils learnt how to wash their hands very quickly. Installation of school taps and a clean water supply will ensure our students will attend classes regularly.”
Hari Kumar Rai, Gauri Panchakanya Basic School, Khotang
Our team are currently in the process of installing tapstands for the children of Prabhat Janata Basic School, located in Nawalparasi, Nepal. This will ensure the children have easy access to clean water and will no longer need to collect water from rivers.
“Students at our school skip classes during menstruation. We’re hopeful that after the installation of a new clean water system and new taps, the students will be able to focus on their education.”
Shaligram Bhattari (Head Teacher, Prabhat Janata Basic School, Nawalparasi)