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Mani meets the team

Mani meets some of the key members of our project team in Hardeni, and discovers how they’re pulling out all the stops to get clean water to their community.

21 Nov 2014

Bhim, committee secretary

"As secretary for the Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Users Committee, I am mainly responsible for documenting activity and making updates on the project's progress," says Bhim, who has lived in Siruwani Sajbote for the last three years and has two children, Suchil, 11, and Durga, 10.

"I also coordinate community meetings and actively support the president of the committee to make decisions when there are critical issues.

"The area where we are working is very remote, and the hard terrain has posed a lot of difficulties. There are places where even monkeys would find it difficult to climb! But looking at the community's unity, their excitement, dedication and hard work, I am confident that everything will be completed in time, and we will have safe, clean drinking water in every household."

Bhim, committee secretary in Siruwani Sajbote, Hardeni.
Bhim carries materials to the construction site in Siruwani Sajbote.
Photo: WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya

Sujata, social technician

"In the mornings I make pipes and fittings with the help of the caretakers, then in the afternoon I visit the construction sites," explains Sujata, who arrived in Siruwani Sajbote a year ago to work on the project.

"Depending on the site, it can take between 30 minutes to an hour to walk there. I have to check whether the work is being done according to plan, and ensure the quality of the materials. I also have to attend community meetings. From morning until evening I am busy on the project!

"Since work started there have been a lot of positive changes. Before, people were not aware of the negative impact of drinking dirty water. But now, through training, education and home visits, the community has improved a lot.

"People have the knowledge that typhoid, diarrhoea, stomach aches and fever occur due to unsafe drinking water. Now the community is united and ready to work." 

Sujata, a social technician on WaterAid’s Hardeni project.
Sujata at work on the project. "I am glad that the community has accepted me so well," she says.
Photo: WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya

Mohan, mason

"Working with the Users Committee is very interesting. I get to know many new people, and deal with different personalities," says Mohan, who has been working as a mason for the last three and a half years.  

"As well as the completion of the construction work, we also have to be aware of its quality, repair and maintenance. We have to follow the technical design and guidance provided by the social technician," he explains.

"The best moment of a project is at the end, when the construction work is complete. It feels so good to see happy faces. The thanks the community gives us is incomparable. It's the best experience I've ever had."

 
Mohan, a mason on WaterAid's project in Siruwani Sajbote, Hardeni.

"Serving the community to transform their lives is so pleasing, I cannot explain it in words," says Mohan.
Photo: WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya

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