We also work in urban areas directly with marginalized communities in informal settlements in Kathmandu, Nepal. The slum of Bansighat is home to more than 200 families living in extremely precarious sanitary conditions. Rainwater is an opportunity for these abandoned neighborhoods ..

Train a Rainsilient generation

The raincommunity project wanted to build on the success of the Emergency Rain project and continued its outreach work with young people at Jan Prabhat school. Sensitize to the risks of contamination, but also to natural disasters (flood, monsoons, etc.) while giving tools to younger generations to implement sustainable solutions (collection, recharge, reuse, etc.). The two schools of Vishwo Niketan and Jana Prabhat have been awarded the "Blue Schools" label and joined the other 54 schools around the world.

Success in IDP camps!

On the strength of the success of the Emergency Rain project, the municipality of Bhaktapur, saw the benefits and asked in 2017, an extension of the project and the approach implemented to all 6 displaced families camps. Storage systems and treatment were installed in each camp, thus providing drinking water to all.

The impact of the project is 1,467 beneficiaries, and 100% coverage of water needs (beverage, hygiene, households, etc.).

In 2018, we plan to expand these collection systems to informal settlements in Kathmandu and work with the Bhaktapur authorities to develop an integrated rainwater collection system at the municipal level.


Informal neighborhoods without a drop of water

Informal and illegal by definition, these urban neighborhoods include thousands of people whose needs are equal to all citizens of the city in question. Unlisted, unserved, these people are the forgotten municipal water services.
These communities have children who can not go to school and pay school fees. Thus, through the construction of rainwater harvesting systems and the support of the Guthi community center, these "ghost" children participate in hygiene awareness activities, learn to better understand their environment, are in better health, which facilitates their return to national school programs.
Women in these informal neighborhoods are full of resources and ideas that can be channeled. By offering them the opportunity to participate in micro-enterprise development workshops, we are laying the foundations for an exit from the vicious circle of impoverishment.

Success of women's micro-enterprises

After implementation in 2015, we continued to support the Liwali Women's Microenterprise in the production of liquid soap. A real success !! After being solicited from different Nepalese companies, the first orders and contracts are finalized. Guthi continued its support to officially register the company with the Chamber of Commerce.

Awareness and training workshops in micro-business and management were continued to motivate women to develop an idea.

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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.

> Discover the initiative "a child, a tree"


" 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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