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
So far, we've carried out tests for water quality across the different water sources in the village and set up a committee of water users. We've delivered hygiene and sanitation training to a group of 37 local women and in a local school. The community has reported having better knowledge of good hygiene practices and an understanding of how waterborne disease spreads. It hasn't all been straightforward however. A local election was called which has made gathering people together difficult. At the same time, the rains arrived and villagers are busy making the most of the lush growing season by working in the fields. Despite these minor setbacks, we've made progress and the villagers have started to make plans. Read more here.