Hello to all of our dear friends and supporters from GlobalGiving,
As winter draws to an end, we have some unfortunate news that the water pipeline we built did not fare so well this year. The pipeline has stopped working, and no water is flowing; the villagers needed to hike to the springs to carry water on their backs over the rough terrain again. It has been a long winter indeed.
When spring arrives and allows repairs, the broken pipes will need to be replaced but more importantly, we will investigate what is needed to place the pipes deeper into the ground to prevent damage from freezing temperatures.
Please know that we are so very grateful for the support for this project. Villages in this region of the world have not had easy access to clean water and this has been a pilot project not only for us, but for all of the other communities spread across rural Tibet. The money that you donate now will go towards repairs to make this water system sustainable.
Thank you for all you have done, and all that you continue to do.
Your donations have made a huge difference in the day-to-day life of the village. The people of the village are benefiting every day from the water project. They are walking yards rather than miles to get the water they need. The children have more time for school and other activities now that they are no longer making the trip up the mountain every day. The availability of a constant supply of water for washing and the washrooms are reducing risk of disease transmission and infection.
There have been discussions about how to extend the system so the benefits of an easy continuous supply of fresh water would be available to the people living in the outskirts outside of the village. Many people in the area still have to make the daily journey into the village or to the mountain springs to get the water they need for cooking, washing, etc. Unfortunately, before that can happen the village must pay down the loan that they took out to complete the project to its present state. Part of your donations are being used by the villagers for that purpose.
The village is currently preparing for another extremely cold Tibetan winter. Your generous donations have enabled them to purchase the tools and materials necessary to ensure a continuing supply of fresh water even as the temperature drops below freezing, and to hire someone with experience in maintaining this type of system. The occasional ice blockages of previous winters will, hopefully, not recur this year. The people of our village really appreciate your ongoing support, and it is only with your generous ongoing assistance that the Water Project has been successful.
As spring approaches, the villagers continue to be so grateful for the positive effects that the Water Project has on their day-to-day lives. Although this has been a long and difficult winter, a steady supply of fresh water has saved people (and children in particular) from making the arduous and dangerous climb to the mountain spring every day. The washhouses and toilets have enabled a much higher level of cleanliness and sanitation for the people than they had previously, reducing infection and illness.
One issue that has arisen is the need to actively maintain the water system during the cold season from September through April. Due to the very rocky terrain and extreme weather in these mountains, some parts of the pipeline and system fall victim to falling rocks or ice blockages. The village has hired a person who is experienced to maintain the water systems to ensure its proper functioning. Part of the funds being raised are now going towards this ongoing expense as well as towards paying off the loans that the village took out to build the system.
More than 2800 people’s lives have already been made better by the Water Project. It is our hope that the water system can eventually be extended to bring this great benefit to the households in the outlying areas who continue to make the daily trek for fresh water. On behalf of the Tibet Humanitarian Project and the villagers, we deeply thank you for your great generosity and compassion.