Photo Journal: Blandine Barthod Visits IRHA Blue Schools in Nepal

by Rachel Nisbet | 30 November 2019

Blandine Barthod’s assessment of IRHA’s 10 Blue Schools in Nepal took her through the mountain region to the East of Pokhara. She visited the following schools between 16 October and 13 November 2019, with the help of our local project partners Kanchan Nepal:

Accompanied by a translator, she first attended the opening of a new Blue School at Bijaya village, with its news rainwater harvesting tank and toilets (images 1 & 2 below).

She then visited an abandoned school at Arundaya, where there are still working toilets, and scope for IRHA to create a field centre (image 3).

Afterwards, she travelled to Indrayani village, with its smart stand pipe delivering potable rainwater, pristine toilets, and school garden that’s irrigated with harvested rain (images 4-6).

Next, she visited the IRHA Blue School in Ramkot, perched high in the Mid-Hills, with views of the forested summits (images 7-9).

She met motivated students in Anandajoyoti, sitting in on one of their lesson (images 10 & 11).

Then, she travelled onwards to Bishwashanti village, with its canary yellow secondary school and smartly dressed students (images 12 & 13).

From there she went to Shivalaya on another hot, sunny day (images 14 & 15).

Her penultimate visit was to Jateshwor village (images 16 & 17).

Finally, her last port of call was at Bhairavi village (image 18).

We will be publishing a report on IRHA Blue Schools 2002 -2020.The data is still being compiled. However, these children's comments show the value of supplying drinking water and sanitation facilities in their schools:

· 'We like to see the water reservoirs in our school, because now we do not walk with water jars when coming to school’.

· 'Life is much easier, as we have separated toilets’.

· 'Now we have toilets, environmental conditions near the school are much better as open defecation is not a practice anymore’.

· 'Our toilets are clean, because we have water to clean them’.

· We like to be able washing our hands with water after toilets’.

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Our projects

The Blue Schools

This program aims to educate schoolchildren to the management of water, sanitation and good hygiene practices, but also the recovery of waste to make blue schools, incubators of social change "

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Construction of rainwater harvesting systems in Bhaktapur, to provide safe access todrinking water in 2 schools and 6 camps for displaced families after the 2015 earthquake.

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The Rain, the soil and the people

Climate change requires us to rethink our management methods and practices. This project aims to build community resilience by combining better management of water resources, trees and soil.

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" Unserved "

The "Unserved" project aims to provide access to clean water and restore dignity for those who have nothing, the forgotten from water services, who live on the outskirts of our cities and have to fight every day to access even water for drinking.


Workshops: Water and the City

The objective of this workshop is to bring school children to become aware of their environment, and to be able to implement durable, sustainable solutions in their city.

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In the rain ink

The aim of this "In the rain ink" project is to transform the representations of rainwater seen as a nuisance, poetically using the urban environment in which we live.

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