New water access, new beginnings: Dahn’s story

Dhan Kumare lives in Benitar, a rural community in the Gorkha region of Nepal. When the earthquake struck in 2015 it damaged the community water source and made water access much less reliable. Raleigh volunteers have supported Dahn to build a new tap stand, which will make water access much easier for her and her family.

“When the earthquake struck I was in my field fetching vegetables for lunch. Although there weren’t any fatalities for my family, everything was damaged by the earthquake. Though we were lucky to survive physically, we lost everything, including our home, our cow shed, goats and cows. The earthquake was hell for us.”

The earthquake damaged the community water source, meaning that sometimes water fails to flow from the taps. When this happens, Dhan and others in the community have to walk to the stream to collect water.

“The stream is around 10 minutes’ walk down steep mountain side, so the return climb can be tiring. We go to the stream to wash our clothes and to collect drinking supplies, and we take our children so they can take a bath. It costs us a lot of time and means we are not able to do our household work, and our children end up being late to school when this happens.”

Volunteers dug trenches across the community for pipelines leading to new tap stands

Raleigh volunteers have been working in Benitar to build a new tap stand for each household in the community, so they can access water from their home property. By having a personal tap stand, life will become much easier for Dhan.

Dahn Kumare and her husband at their new tap stand, with Raleigh volunteer Avash

“After having the tap station, it’s much easier for me to fetch water and to do my washing, as it gives me my own individual space to use water. By having my own tap stand I’m able to grow vegetables and grow a kitchen garden as well. This will help me earn more money. Before I had to buy vegetables for curries from others, but growing my own will be better”

“It also makes things easier for everyone in my family. Now that I don’t have to spend time queuing for water, I am able to feed my children at the right time so that they can go to school at the right time. I’m also no longer physically tired from walking to the stream”.

“When the tap stands first came on across the village it was really exciting. The water came on one by one across the community. There was wasn’t enough water to wash cooking utensil, but now it is much easier. Everyone here in Benitar is happy and we are feeling excited for the future”.

With a new tap stand, water access will becoming easier for Dahn Kumare and her family

“I am “kusi” – happy! Previously there was only a few tap stands in the community and I had to stand in queues to collect water. But now I have a tap stand of my own, and it saves me so much time.”

Raleigh Expedition volunteers work on water and sanitation projects in Nepal, Costa Rica and Tanzania. Do you want to make a difference for people like Dahn Kumare? Apply now

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