Even today, the consequences of the major earthquake in Nepal are still dramatic for the local population. Munich Re Foundation provided emergency relief in the form of a donation to the organisation Aktion Deutschland Hilft. The financial aid is being used to rebuild the water supply in the community of Ghyangpedi. Whereas international aid arrived very fast in Kathmandu and other cities, arche noVa e.V. focused its support on helping the remote villages in the mountains of the district of Nuvakot to get back on their feet.
Water pipelines, new tanks and hygiene training
Ghyngphedi village is several hours' walk from the next fresh water source. The earthquake destroyed all the pipelines between them. So it was most important to rebuild the access to water for the inhabitants of the community quickly. The pipes were repaired foot by foot with the locals' active assistance. Now there is again a direct pipeline to the village. Hygiene standards also suffered badly due to the quake – there is a high risk of illness. The organisation has already conducted its first hygiene training sessions, to educate the people about the threats. The project is based on sustainable aid with a participative approach: "The inhabitants provide the majority of the work performance on their own, whereas arche noVa supports with know-how and material," a staff member of the organisation confirms.
With the assistance of Munich Re Foundation, arche noVa has been able to lay a total of seven kilometres of water pipelines, build five tanks and install 15 delivery points with water taps. The goal is now to extend the connection to the neighbouring villages Ghyangdanda and Sisipu. After its completion, 650 people in the three mountain villages will again have access to clean drinking water.
NSCH, 6 July 2015