The project "Emergency Rain" was developed following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal to support reconstruction efforts and to meet the needs of the population in terms of access to water and hygiene.
Following the earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015, IRHA developed the "Emergency Rain"project with the assistance of its local partner Guthi. This project aimed to support the reconstruction efforts in the city of Bhaktapur, a municipality near Kathmandu. With the provision of water storage and treatment systems, the living conditions of the displaced population of Liwali camp and the students of the Viswa Niketan school improved.
Based on the success of the "Emergency Rain" project, beneficiaries requested an extension of the project and the activities pursued through the "Rain Community" project, initiated in 2017. Two years after the earthquake, none of the families were yet able to rebuild their homes due to a lack of financial resources. The situation remained precarious, particularly in terms of access to drinking water. After confirmation, through bacteriological tests, that these families were supplied with contaminated water from the wells (presence of E.Coli), the "Rain Community" project was set up. The intervention was extended to all the 6 camps of the city of Bhaktapur and to the school of Jana Prabhat. Rainwater harvesting systems, appropriate sanitation, trainings as well as and support for economic activities were developed.
These measures enabled 1,467 beneficiaries to be provided with a continuous water supply, covering 100% of their water needs (drinking, hygiene, household, etc.). Rainwater, collected during the rainy season, is now used and accessible to the inhabitants of the IDP camps. A great change since before inhabitants used to collect water from contaminated wells.
In 2015, thanks to the strong mobilization of the participants, a 100'000L underground reservoir was built in Liwali camp. Initially it was planned to build a reservoir with a capacity of 25'000 litres, however, all the actors perceived the added value and the volume was multiplied by four (4),in order to provide safe access to drinking water. Since the reservoir was built, water is directly available at the gates of the camps and the burden of collecting water decreased. One resident shared with us that due to her old ageshe no longer could fetch water, so her daughter-in-law had to walk far to collect water. Now with the construction of the reservoir her daughter-in-lawcan work, and she no longer stresses about water.
Young people in Viswa Niketan and Jana Prabhat schools were sensibilized to the risks of contamination, as well as those of natural disasters - floods,monsoons, etc. They were also given with tools to implement sustainable solutions - collection, recharging, reuse, etc. The 2 schools also obtained the" Blue Schools " label and joined the network of the 56 other"Blue Schools" in the world.
We supported the development of a micro-enterprise implemented by womenin Liwali camp to produce liquid soap. A real success! After soliciting support from the various competent authorities, the micro-enterprise was officially registered at the Chamber of Commerce. Five years after the implementation of this micro-business, the company is able to sell 1000 litres of liquid soap every month. The activity allows employees to generate a small surplus for covering their children's school fees. Thanks to this business, the family of an employee managed to rebuild its house and they could leave the camp.
There were many debates at the WEEC - Rainwater Management conference - and the side event organised by IRHA on rainwater management was a great success! The recognition of efficient and optimized rainwater management is mentioned in point 8. Support to local decision-makers, capacity building and policy implementation has begun.
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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. "
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. "> Read more