We want to give 10 communities in Nepal the opportunity to build deep water wells to ensure they can access fresh water for their families.
These Tharu (low caste, poor communities) are often forced to bathe, wash clothes, and gather drinking water from horrendously contaminated water sources.
About the project
People might ask why I'm doing this. I’m doing this because in 2001, as a naive 18 year old I set off to volunteer and that experience has never left me. My placement sent me deep into Western, Nepal. An area not normally seen by visitors to the country, but a place that touched me so deeply that I'll never forgot it.
Water. Fresh water. Water that you and I would drink, it doesn’t exist. Out in Dang (the area where we’re looking to build these 10 wells), there’s no running water in people’s houses. If you’re lucky you might have a hand pump near your house, but for the majority of Tharu communities the water source that is available might be a stagnant pond, where you’ll wash from, and also gather the cooking and drinking water for your family, but it is also the place where cattle bathe and defecate. You don’t want to imagine the colour and smell at times – especially during the hot periods...
Anyway, almost 15 years later here I am. Life for me has changed dramatically; as a mother I can't imagine having to bring a child up in such conditions. The thought terrifies me, but I know that for the families living out in those rural villages in Nepal, their situation is still very real. So when I got the email asking for help to raise funds for this project, how could I say no?
This is why I’m asking for a pledge from all of you... I wasn’t alone out there, we went as a whole motley crew of wild and wacky individuals (Yes, I’m talking about you – Rachel Tracy, Emily Crane, Catherine Ashton, Mike Scott, Sam Carter, Josh Lustig, Cami Mather, Will Roth, Sven Roth, Ed Lloyd, Anna Barford, Juliet Lamb, Rick James, Nick Kelly, Mark Lloyd, Paul Smith, and Ollie Edwards – have I missed anyone?!!!
What I’d like you all to do is SHARE this request for help. Share it with your friends, your family, your colleagues, and your neighbours, anyone who can afford a pint and is willing to give that luxury up so that 10 communities a world away can have a drink every day:
FRESH, UNCONTAMINATED WATER.
Let’s get these wells built. PLEASE PLEDGE.
Namaste(I honor the place within you of love, of light, of truth, of peace)
Here's just one example of an area where we want to build a well...
Total Household: 28
Tharu Households (Low Caste): 21
Present situation: Tharu families in Hapur currently have to go to a private deep well to collect drinking water, most of the time however the owner of this deep well will not let them access it. As a result, these families have to travel a considerable distance to collect drinking water. The water collected is contaminated.