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February 8, 2011

Photo of the week – 8 to 14 February 2011

Filed under: Advocacy,Photo of the week,Urban,poverty — Anita Pradhan @ 9:00 am

Women from 32 households struggling to extract drinking water from 288 years old traditional dug well located in Tun Chuka (communal courtyard with the dug well), located in Lalitpur District of Nepal in shivering cold of Kathmandu Valley in a dark morning while most were sleeping. Since mid January communities are suffering from decreased ground water level in urban areas where many people are living in little space. Women from each household have to wait for an hour to collect a bucket of water. In such locality low income people migrated from all over the country displaced by political conflict are staying as poor renters.

February 4, 2011

Rotary International and WaterAid exploring potentials on WASH

Filed under: Advocacy,Anita Pradhan's Post,Campaigns — Anita Pradhan @ 9:00 am

Rotary International District 3292 and WaterAid in Nepal jointly organised interaction session to explore potentials of collaboration to amplify voices in creating urgency on sanitation and drinking water on 2 February in Kathmandu.  The initiation contributes to materialise of shift of WaterAid’s Country Strategy Paper for Nepal in network and collaboration extension beyond the existing partners.

In the session, importance of WASH in human development as well as Walk-a-thon plan linking with global event “World Walks for Water” was also briefed. So as Rotary International briefed about function and members status. The session was succeeded to find point of convergence for specific action, create an atmosphere of mutual understanding for working together on sanitation and drinking water.

February 2, 2011

Woe continues in search of a bucket of drinking water

Filed under: Community Water Management,Urban — Anita Pradhan @ 9:00 am

1 February 2011, Pimbahal , Lalitpur District in Nepal

In the cold morning of Kathmandu Valley women from 32 households struggle to extract drinking water from a 288-years-old traditional dug well located in Tun Chuka (communal courtyard with the dug well). The community has a rule – each household can draw a bucket of water for drinking and a jug of water for Nila (holy water to tribute to god) free of cost. If they need more water, they have to pay a rupee per bucket. The dug well opens from 5:30 AM – 7:30 AM and volunteers record the time each taken to fetch water.     

The water level decreased since mid-January, now they wait for five minutes in every five draws of bucket to discharge water into the well spending at least an hour collecting water. Although the government supplies water, it only does once every five days. Lack of water storage capacity at homes has increased dependency on this well. The government water supply never flows through the taps connected to the five households, four households never even applied to the Drinking Water Corporation to get water supply system for fear of gambling their hard earned money for water that rarely flows.

Ground water level in Kathmandu is decreasing due to over extraction and increasing demand from the growing population. A decade long conflict forced people to migrate urban areas. If the situation prolongs, I doubt that people will be getting water from this very well after five years. This is an indicator of what could happen to Kanthmanduites. According to estimates, Melamchi Drinking Water project will not be able to fulfill demands of water supply in Kathmandu valley.

I look forward to hear from you on mindful of questions below:

  • How long can we cope with such water scarcity?
  • Do Kathmanduties have solution? Do we wait for a new constitution?
  • Do we have a solution in our political context?
  • How long will the people of Kathmandu valley struggle for their right?
  • Shouldn’t our rigorous debates also focus on this matter?

Govind Shrestha, Research and Advocacy Officer, WaterAid in Nepal

February 1, 2011

Photo of the week – 1 to 7 February 2011

Filed under: Open defecation free,Photo of the week,Sanitation — Anita Pradhan @ 9:00 am

Ms Amrita Sunar standing front to her newly constructed permanent latrine: a user and vice-chair of Simale Drinking Water, Hygiene and Sanitation Project located at Simale village, Dashrathpur VDC in Surkhet District. She belongs to marginalised community from mid-western part of the country. Her temporary latrine (in background) was constructed in November 2010 while declaring the village as Open Defecation Free (ODF) zone.

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