In April of 2015, an earthquake with a 7.8 magnitude hit Nepal, killing thousands and displacing millions. The resulting landslides demolished rural villages and parts of Kathmandu, the country’s capital. Initial estimates of damages ranged from $5 to $10 billion. For a country where half the population survives on roughly $1 a day, this event was devastating. Furthermore, during the earthquake the water table shifted in multiple regions, causing many natural springs and well systems to dry up or considerably reduce their production. In many cases, this means the only source of water for communities is miles away and potentially contaminated with arsenic or iron.
Initially responding to the earthquake, Wine To Water continues to work in Nepal to address the ongoing problem of water access. Current programs in Nepal are now taking place in the Dahakhani village located in the foothills of northern Chitwan. Because groundwater is inaccessible, villagers daily walk miles to the nearest river to collect contaminated water. The school in this area also cannot sustainably source water from the river, and students cannot practice proper hygiene because the latrines are not functional. These factors have lead to many health problems, especially for students. Projects in this area are focused on gaining water access through well drilling and on educating the community about proper hygiene and sanitation for better health.
Working through well drilling, bio-sand filter production and WaSH education, Wine To Water will continue to build and connect communities in the coming year.
National Program Manager
Field Note - Nepal
Santos and his family struggled in poverty after the devastating earthquake in Nepal. They had no access to clean water. The Wine To Water volunteer team began fixing the local town well in Padampur, but they were in for a surprise. Read the story here →.