Let the water flow

Around 1500 people had been affected by the devastating earthquake of April 2015 in Chandragiri Municipality. The main affected areas were Koiralathok, Pariyar tole and Bhurtelthok and lower belt of the Badhbhangyang. Oxfam in Nepal and its partner Lumanti laid 251-meter water pipes uphill so that the communities could get safe drinking water and save time fetching water from faraway places. 

Photos by: Suraj Rajbhandari/Oxfam, Madhukar Basnet

  • Men carrying Galvanized Iron (GI) pipes to the construction site at Baadhebhanjyang. 

  • Goma Kunwar and Radhika Koirala carrying the pipes. A total of six women contributed their labor in carrying these kind of pipes. 

  • Local youths fitting the GI pipes. It took them about eight days to complete the task of laying the pipes. 

  • It  was a tough job fitting the pipes on a steep and slippery hill.

  • After the earthquake, when the water sources dried up, women had to walk long distance to get just a bucket of water. The local youths saw their sisters/mothers/daughters walking miles for a jar of water and decided to do something for them. Therefore they went to search/locate springs so that they would collect the water and distribute to individual Household. 

  • To invoke the sense of ownership and contribution to the community, Oxfam and its partners always encourage community participation in the works that benefit a larger section of people. In this picture, women participate in Cash for Work to excavate soil and lay the pipes. 

  • The young men showed amazing enthusiasm to get this work done. 

  • As  the pipelines had to be laid along the community forest areas, there were bushes and trees all around. 

  • Ongoing construction of Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) Tank that can store 75,000 liter of water.