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Making progress in Hardeni

Six months after Mani’s first visit to Sajbote Siruwani, he returns to find out how the project - to channel clean water to taps throughout the community - is progressing.

23 Oct 2014

The second visit to a community is always pleasing as they give you such a warm welcome.

Returning to Sajbote Siruwani after six months I was excited to see all the construction work that had been going on and the progress that had been made.

But reaching our destination wasn't easy. Due to heavy rain, we had to leave our vehicle on the road 20 minutes outside Katari, the main market place in the district, and head to Baseri, which is 14km away. The two hours of walking, down a slippery, steep path in the rain, were very difficult with our heavy bags.

After spending the night in Baseri and meeting the project supervisor, Raju, we began the long walk to Sajbote the following morning. The walk is up a steep hill and even though we took rests along the way, the walk was very difficult.

Kalyani with Mani's photos of her and her family.
Kalyani with the photos Mani took of her and her family.
Photo: WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya

When we eventually made it to Sajbote the first person I met was Kalyani. She was very happy to see the photos I had taken of her and her family, and we talked about her feelings about the project. She told me that her tap will be constructed just near her home, less than five minutes away.  

I also got the opportunity to attend a community meeting, organised by the users' committee, to share updates about the project and ideas about tap construction.

It was good to see the group so united; everybody was clear that they were gathered there for the project and its success.   

Construction gets underway at Sajbote Siruwani.
Construction gets underway in Sajbote Siruwani.
Photo: WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya

During my visit I saw all kinds of major work going on, from the preparation of pipe fittings to the building of reservoir tanks and tap stands.

Construction was going on in many places at the same time, and it was amazing to see the community managing the contribution from each household.

If there are no young people, or if the family can't provide physical labour for any reason, they can contribute to the project in another way. They can cut the grass and weeds along the walking path, so it's easier for the others to carry the construction materials, or they can prepare tea and snacks for the workers.

It means that, even if someone can't do any physical work, they can still be there with the team to provide ideas and share their feelings. It's all about making sure the people own the project. 

Before leaving, I told everyone I would come back to see the water flow from their tap for the first time, so we can share the joy of the project's success together.

Mani meets the team in Siruwani Sajbote >