A woman washes her hands in clean water in a WaterAid funded water point. Hand washing alone could cut the risk of diarrhoea almost in half, saving hundreds of lives every day.
Before WaterAid began work in Lamidamar primary school pupils used to drink water from an open canal or go to the river during break time. Children were often late for school, and when he asked why they would say “I went to collect water.” During the summer months, many pupils were absent because of diarrhoea. The school now has latrines for boys and girls, and water points with child-height taps.
Nanda Kumari Maharjan is washing clothes in the courtyard outside her home. Thanks to a loan from a women’s cooperative supported by WaterAid, Nanda has been able to build a hygienic latrine in her house.
Laxmi Karki collects water from an unsafe source. Over 3 million people in Nepal have no choice but to get water from wherever they can.
Dipendra, 8, is collecting water in Palate. Where there is a lack of safe water and sanitation, it is children who suffer most. Their health, well-being and education are all affected.
The impact of dirty water in Palate runs very deep and causes a multitude of problems for villagers. Families in the village get into crippling debt because of all the loans they must take out to pay for medical treatment.
We collaborate with local people to make sure the solutions we use are appropriate and affordable for the local environment. ONe partner in Nepal, NEWAH, provides training on growing kitchen gardens and has trained caretakers and masons – many of them women – providing employment and helping improve women’s status in the community.
A water treatment facility in Lamidamar.
Nara Bahadur's children are so happy to see the water coming from tap: "There are no words to explain when I saw my children with full of joy when the water first came to our tap. They said to me that they will keep the toilet cleaner. They were very happy to know that now the water from this tap is clean to drink, to take bath and wash clothes."
Jina Khatri, 17 on the way back to her home from the nearest water source: "It is very annoying that I have to carry water more than 4 times a day. It takes almost an hour to get water at home. The walking path is also very steep and it is not easy."