FRANK Water in Lalitpur, Nepal
What's the Challenge?
Lakuribhanjyang is in the district of Lalitpur, Nepal. It's just 22km from Kathmandu but its hilly terrain and inaccessibility make it seem much more remote. Its inhabitants mostly belong to the vulnerable Tamang group. The village is split across three levels at the foot, middle and top of a hill. The 2015 earthquake devastated the village and every one of the 294 houses were ruined, however it was the households at the very top of the mountain are worst affected. Their water source and supply was destroyed and women and girls must now walk to the foot of the mountain to fetch water which is not safe to drink. Their hygiene practices are poor due to water shortage and lack of awareness, and most people practice open defecation.
What's FRANK Water doing about it?
FRANK is working to provide access to safe water for the cluster of 25 households (approx 100 people) in Lakuribhanjyang that sit at the top of the ridge. The households are spread across 5km. Together with our NGO Partner, FSCN, we'll repair the old water pipeline, lay new pipes, renovate the spring source and build a distribution tank to connect these 25 households to a source of safe drinking water. We'll work with the community to increase their awareness of the risks carried by dirty drinking water, poor hygiene practices and open defecation and how they can minimise these risks.
Where we're up to
In February 2017, FRANK Water's India Programme Coordinators, Praveena and Sachin visited Nepal to meet the team at our NGO Partner FSCN and visit the village of Lakuribhanjyang. Together, we've agreed how the programme will work and who we'll aim to support. The programme begins in April 2017.