The problems have arisen after the earthquake with the natural springs moving, leaving villages with no water.
Summary: 144 residents in 24 homes. 1 person has finished the SLC. 4 people died here in the earthquake. Only corn grown seasonally.
Half the population has been given an advance (to buy a tin roof) from a Kathmandu brick factory – in a few days the bus comes to collect the villagers to work and live in the factory. Over those 6 months of work the children are out of school, the village has lost its residents and the community is split.
There is no water here. The natural spring that had fed this village for years has dried after the earthquake and the new spring is further down – making it impossible to keep the fields irrigated. It is a barren land. So many people have died here, so many have left to find work elsewhere – these are the communities we want to keep together. With water they would have work, a life together and freedom to work their land. The children could go to school, through education they can build a brighter future.
Here they have a plan for building a water system, costing around £10k.
There is a possibility for the local development board to pay some of the cost, but the villagers have been told they need at least 50%.
Ram will investigate this project further and start in-depth discussions with the villagers. The goal as always is to create something sustainable and of maximum impact.