Water is Just the Beginning
Every year on March 22, hundreds of people come together to celebrate World Water Day (WWD). This national day of observance was created by the United Nations General Assembly to bring awareness to the “importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.” Throughout the whole month of March, Wine To Water will be showcasing the incredible effects of our clean water project in the village of Raitole, Nepal. We are so excited about the growth we have seen in this community and can’t wait to show it to the world in honor of WWD. Jaleigh Jensen, W|W Nepal International Fellow, said it best in her blog:
“In the past six months, W|W Nepal’s phased project approach has been revolutionized through application in both Raitole and Kalyanpur. The depth of our holistic Water and Sanitation & Hygiene (WaSH) program in the Madi Municipality has truly shown that these projects go much deeper than any well ever could. For the first time, we’ve entered Phase Three - the livelihood phase past water access and education - providing resources for empowerment through clean water.”
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For those that don’t know, here is a quick summary of our water project phases we implement in each community we enter! Phase One of our water projects is very logistical. This is when we collect data and proposal requests from the Water User Committee (WUC), a group composed of local community members that ensure sustainable water use in every home. The WUC is responsible for maintaining the water project after completion, empowering their community to have full ownership of their right to clean water. Ownership is so important to us here at W|W, because it is our mission to support life and dignity for all through the power of clean water.
Phase One also includes baseline surveys of each household, then a W|W field engineer estimates project cost and design. After these steps are completed, construction of the water project begins and post-implementation training is held to educate the community on how to operate and maintain the new clean water source.
Phase Two of our water projects are critical in ensuring the sustainability of our work through water sanitation and hygiene education. In our WaSH training program, community members gain knowledge of proper hygiene and sanitation practices. Lastly, Phase Three - also known as the livelihood phase - focuses on the effects of clean water in the community, because water is just the beginning. This is the phase W|W will be highlighting during the month of March.
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- Detailed engineering Survey Report of Kalyanpur
Jaleigh and Roshani Karki, W|W Nepal International Program Manager, have conducted interviews in the Raitole community with Sankur Harijan, village maintenance worker, Krishna Kamari Rai, secretary of WUC, and Shrimaya Harijan, an elder in the community, to gather stories about the effects of clean water access in their lives. We have had the privilege to witness the incredible impact of clean water through their stories and many others like them. We can’t wait to share these stories with our local and global community so that you too can become a part of the impact of clean water.
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