Continuing Raleigh’s work in Gorkha

12th October 2018

“In my village we share a tap between our nine houses. In the spring we have very little in the way of water supply, just a few drops to share, we have to queue with our buckets to get water and it means we can’t do our other jobs. We would be so much happier if we had a good water supply all year round.” - Community member in Mathilo Raniswara, Gorkha

Gorkha is where Raleigh Expedition projects will be continuing for the next three months. We’ve been working in the area since we arrived in Nepal in 2016.

The mountainous Gorkha region is perhaps the most famous in Nepal. It is the home of the famed Gurkha soldiers and is the ancestral hometown of the Nepalese royal family. Located 140km west of Kathmandu, it is around a four hour drive from the capital on a good day, and a ten hour drive on a bad day.

One of the biggest challenges in the area is access to safe and clean water for drinking, cooking and washing. The region suffers from a scarcity of reliable water sources, and since the earthquake in 2015, a lot of these water sources have dried up or been diverted, making it even harder for the population to sustain any reasonable quality of life.

Raleigh’s work in Nepal

Raleigh’s WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) projects in the area contribute towards the UN’s sixth sustainable development goal, to provide access to clean water and sanitation for all.

Volunteers will enable the community to achieve this in two ways: by providing sustainable infrastructure (water storage tanks, accessible water taps and toilets – along with training and support structures to maintain them); and, by helping the community tackle the common illnesses among those with a poor water supply through behaviour change and awareness raising.

Raleigh has been working in this region since June 2016, and have worked with 20 communities so far. We will continue this work in four communities until December, follow our Facebook page to find out more.

For these projects, Raleigh is partnering with Goreto Gorkha, a local not for profit NGO who aim to make a positive change in building the resilience of vulnerable communities, mainly through WASH projects.

We’re looking forward to welcoming Expedition volunteers from Nepal and around the world who will soon beginning working on WASH project in Gorkha’s communities after a few days’ training.

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