Ever since the 1960s when Sir Edmund Hillary helped build water tanks for villages in the upper Khumbu valley, improving access to safe drinking water has been a priority for the Himalayan Trust. We are working with our local partners to bring safe water to more communities in the Everest region.
With support from the Himalayan Trust, the Lukla Drinking Water project pipes clean, safe water underground to 200 homes and businesses, benefiting 3000 people.
The Lukla community worked incredibly hard to plan, build and invest in a modern, safe drinking water system.
Before the new system, people would have to use unreliable sources of water, often having to walk up to an hour to find water, and queue to fill heavy containers they carried home on their backs.
While the Himalayan Trust provided seed funding to supplement the community’s own fundraising, the project is now self-sustaining with the use of a water meter system. Everyone pays a monthly bill for the water they use in their own home – and the funds are all invested back into the upkeep and maintenance of the system.
The income raised through the water meter system also funds the training and ongoing employment of two local people as maintenance technicians. Any profits are fed back into community-led and determined projects.
Following the installation of the new water supply in Lukla, locals and school children have been trained in fire safety and the use of fire hydrants to prevent the repeat of devastating fires over the past few years.
Now we have a unique opportunity to bring the incredible gift of safe water to the village of Musey. But we need your help
The earthquakes in 2015 affected everyone in Musey. Many homes were destroyed and the village water tank was damaged beyond repair.
The community has been working hard to rebuild homes and get their lives back on track. But replacing the water tank is a priority. Most of the community depend on agriculture for their livelihood. So living without safe water has not only impacted daily life – without water for crops, it has also severely affected their incomes.
The community has raised over $40,000 towards a seismic-resistant water system that will service all 80 houses in the village, provide water for their fields and supply seven fire hydrants. But they need $70,000 more to complete the project.
Can you help with a donation today so Musey village can access safe drinking water for their families and crops, and protect their village in the event of a fire?
Help us to bring safe water and better health to remote communities in Nepal. Every contribution, large or small will make a real difference to the communities we work with in the Everest region.
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