Emergency Rain

Following the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, we developed the Emergency Rain project. Its purpose was to support the reconstruction efforts, improve the living conditions of the victims of the Nepal earthquake and set up the conditions necessary to start the reconstruction of the country.

Specific Objective: To improve the living conditions of displaced people in Bhaktapur camp and students of Viswa Niketan School through the establishment of rainwater harvesting system, appropriate sanitation, training and rehabilitation. 'support for economic activities.

The Municipality of Bhaktapur requested a continuation of the activities, so much the success with the authorities and beneficiaries were important. We have thus developed

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An involved community

With the help of volunteer families, and local authorities, we built in a first camp, rainwater collection systems from the roofs of the shelters, installed the gutter system and built a 100'000L underground tank. . The initial planned tank was 25'000 liters, but all the actors perceived the added value and the volume could thus be multiplied by four (4), in order to provide a safe access, to a drinking water, of quality, in sufficient quantity. It was the Emergency Rain 2016-2017 project with the support of the city and the canton of Geneva.

Bhaktapur, 2017, Nepal

Currently we are working in Bhaktapur, a municipality near Kathmandu. It hosts six displaced families camps following the 2015 earthquake. Two years later, none have been able to return to their homes, which were completely destroyed due to lack of funds. The situation remains precarious, particularly with regard to access to drinking water. After bacteriologically confirming that these families were sourcing from contaminated wells (E.Coli presence), the IRHA set up the RainCommunity project with the assistance of its local partner Guthi.

"Looking Back": Impact of the Emergency Rain project (2015)

Rainwater collected during the rainy season is now being used and accessible to residents of the IDP camp in Liwali. Prior to the IRHA and GUTHI project, residents were stocking up on wells that had been tested and found to be contaminated.

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My old age ... and the water

The main responsibility for collecting water belongs to the women in each household. I can not fetch water because of my old age, but my daughter-in-law had to walk far to fetch water. Now the scenario has changed (since the construction of the 100'000l tank) and water is available at our door. As it is also the rainy season, we benefit a lot from the rainwater harvesting system. My daughter-in-law can work and no longer has the stress of water. "(Chini Nakarmi Maya, Maheshwori IDP Camp, Nepal)


The voice of the displaced # 1

Narayan Khaitu, chairman of the Improvement Committee of Liwali Ganesh IDP Camps, said: "We dug a well two years ago in this area.

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The voice of the displaced # 2

Hari Sundar Bohaju, a resident of a Liwali camp, said, "Well water is unsuitable for drinking, however, we use it to cook and have water for washing, cleaning, etc. "

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The voice of the displaced # 3

Another local resident, Sunil Bohaju, said: "It is difficult for us to sleep on those cold nights under tinplate, most of the elderly and camp children are suffering. "

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Liwali Rainwater Harvesting System (Nepal, 2018)


"Emergency Rain" Newsletters

Testimonials, achievements, the latest news ... Find the different Newsletters of the Emergency Rain project:
>Newsletter 1
>Newsletter 2
>Newsletter 3
>Newsletter 4
>Newsletter 5
This project was supported by the City and Canton of Geneva.

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International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA)

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