Relieving the hardships
Shiva Kumari Thapa Magar, 55
years old lives in Khokling, Golanjor rural municipality of Sindhuli district.
She lives with her husband and two blind sons. Her two daughters are married
off and one son works in Kathmandu. It is very difficult for Shiva Kumari’s
family as she has to look after her two blind sons and also manage all the
household chores alone.
Shiva Kumari remembers how
difficult her daily life was when there was no water sources within the
village. She used to go to Tadhi, a water supply project in next village. It
takes more than half an hour downhill to reach there and two hours uphill to
return with filled water vessels. She did not get time to cook food in time as
she had to go to fetch water early in the morning. She used to carry two pots as
one pot was not adequate, and sometimes she had to go again to collect water. Sometimes
we used to go to Baansbang, Bijor khola or Rani khola , and these places were
There was also a community tap, constructed
by Nepal Government central program which source is Ranikhola and water was
distributed every morning as an interim system. The water from this tap was not
adequate for the villagers so they were compelled to go to Tadhi water project
of next village. They needed water for rearing the cattle as well. There was no
water sources / streams in the forest nearby. The villagers were suffering a
lot due to scarcity of water in their village. Villagers have to transport the
water from local vehicle like tractor and buy water to construct the houses. Life
was extremely difficult due to water scarcity.
After the construction of Khokling
Phadke Water Supply Project by Nepal
Water for Health (NEWAH) in 2018, there have been change in the face of the
village and community . Shiva Kumari and her
husband took turns to contribute in the digging pipelines for the project for
around 2-3 months. Now a communal tap is
just 10 meters away from her home. Life has become much more convenient after
she did not have to travel for more than 3 hours. Now she can reach the tap in
30 seconds and collect adequate water for her household chores and cattle.
Though her life has become convenient due to easy access to water, her life is
full of hardships as there are no supporting hands in the house. She has raised
few cows and a small kitchen garden. Monkeys are troublesome as they damage her
fields and crops. However, she is very grateful for water nearby her house as
it has saved several hours of hardships.
A lot of improvements have also
seen in village after the construction of Khokling Phadke Water Supply Project.
Those villagers having plenty of land have started commercial horticulture and
selling vegetables. Previously, people did not use to do vegetable farming due
to lack of water. They have to depend on rain water. Now, the scenario has
changed. Most of the villagers now grow their own vegetables and do not have to
buy vegetables. Before they have to buy even onions and potatoes, now they grow
their own vegetables.
Life has become much easier to
the villagers. Villagers had to go to Tadhi for washing clothes and bathing.
Now they have water in their own houses.
Shiva Kumari mentioned her
neighbors do fish farming as well. The village got electricity just 6 months
ago. Development is taking place slowly in her village. Shiva Kumari hopes to
find employment opportunities for her blind sons in her village. Shiva Kumari
and entire community acknowledges NEWAH and charity: water for meaningful WASH
support and they have committed that they will keep the project functional for
the lasting period.