Clean water projects are one of the most direct ways to relieve the effects of poverty. Water, the resource vital for life, is central to community health, food production, sanitation, sustainability, and gender equality, since women are overwhelmingly responsible for finding and carrying water. By making clean, safe water accessible to villages in the developing world, we remove some of the most pervasive impediments to community development.
In the rural village of Kishong, the Himalayan Institute with support from the Buffalo Arts Studio has installed a deep well to provide clean drinking water to the community even in the dry season, when the water table is at its lowest. This new water source means that children who would otherwise spend hours carrying water now have more time to attend school and to play. The Carpentry and Construction program also designed a thirty-foot swing set and playground for the park that surrounds the public tap.
|The Fon’s Palace In Jakiri village
Beside a historic palace for the Fon (traditional ruler) of Nso, the Himalayan Institute has built a public well. The existing public tap fails for four months each year during the dry season, forcing villagers to trek miles for water sources that have known to be contaminated with agricultural runoff. This well will not only provide fresh water for drinking and washing, but also help to preserve a cultural landmark.
In Takui village, the Himalayan Institute in partnership with the Honesdale Rotary has constructed a water catchment system. Takui, a village of about 2,500, relies on a nearby spring for its drinking water. Without any way to control the flow of water, the spring ran continuously during the rainy season and dried up for four months during the dry season. The deep storage tanks and buried pipeline of the new water catchment system allow Takui’s water to be collected from a spigot, eliminating water waste and ensuring year round access to this life-giving resource. Read more about this project on our blog.
Join the Himalayan Institute’s clean water commitment and help make a long-term impact in rural communities. On average, a well costs $5,000. If you’re interested, we can guide you on ways that you, your classmates, coworkers and friends can fundraise to support a water project of your own. Contact our Humanitarian Projects team at 570-647-1527 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.