Fresh water as a precious commodity
Access to clean drinking water is a human right, but fresh water remains a dream for many Nepalese. The only water sources are brown streams and rivers. In the Terai region adjacent to India, the water is additionally contaminated by arsenic-containing ores and too high an iron content, which leads to diarrhoea and skin diseases as well as kidney and liver damage.
After the earthquake, employees of our partners were trained in the production of organic sand filters to produce clean drinking water in cooperation with a project manager from Thailand and a local NGO. In the following two years, 2000 filters were produced and distributed to affected families.
The project continues. The filters clean water reliably from bacteria, viruses and heavy metals and are produced on site with existing material. The impressively simple filters supply a family with up to 80 litres of drinking water per day. Maintenance is very simple and can be done by the families themselves - there is also a hotline for questions. The organic sand filters not only ensure short-term survival, but also ensure a long-term supply of fresh water.
Needy recipients pay a symbolic contribution of the equivalent of CHF 5 for an organic sand filter. This amount flows into a fund for income generation and thus creates new prospects for the future for more people.