Greetings to our friends from GlobalGiving! Winter is over,and the pipeline has delivered water to several points in the village, savingmany from the daily hike over mountainous terrain to get their water. This hasbeen particularly helpful in the Winter, when the trek for water along narrowpaths is both exhausting and dangerous. The funds that have been raised havegone towards paying off the loans. There is some maintenance work on thepipeline that is needed and funds are going towards those repairs as well. Aswe move into Spring we will extend the water piping to several additionalpoints within and around the village so that this great benefit can beavailable to more of our brothers and sisters.
Again, from the hearts of the villagers to you, a heartythank you for caring about their lives.
Good news! Pipeline has been laid down from thereservoir pools to the water tanks and water now flows continuously to thevillage. This has made a huge difference for the lives of the villagers andpeople of the surrounding areas. They are able to have water for their dailyneeds without spending an hour every day carrying heavy jugs of water down themountain. Fortunately, the pipelineswere installed before the winter temperatures froze the ground, and thepipelines were dug deep enough to prevent them from freezing in the harshTibetan winter.
We needed to act quickly in order to ensure that the installation of the water pipeline would meet localcodes and withstand extreme climate conditions. As such, the villagers took outa loan to finance the additional costs associated with the engineering andconstruction of the project. The monies that have been donated from the projectso far have helped to buy materials and pay off some of the construction loan.
The next phase of the project will be construction of the wash rooms and toilet facilities. Thevillagers have asked us to extend a heartfelt thank you….They continue to betouched by the generosity of people from all over the world who have helpedthem secure this great positive change in their lives. They thank especially thedonors that are providing continuing support.
With heartfelt warm wishes,
The Tibet Humanitarian Project
Since our last report, the Tibet Water Project has made huge progress. In order to build a reservoir at the top of the pipeline and holding tanks closer to the village, a road first had to be built up the mountain. For this large earth moving equipment had to be brought in (see picture). Once the road was completed, the necessary materials for the reservoir and holding tanks could be brought in and that phase of the project could be started. In theaccompanying picture you can see ceramic tiles being applied to one of the concrete tanks. The project continues to benefit from the enthusiasm of the villagers and residents of the surrounding area, who volunteer their time and energy every day assisting the construction crew with everything from digging to hauling to cleanup. Everyone in the village continues to be amazed that people whom they have never met from all around the world are so generous and willing to help them improve their lives.
We are making progress and hope that our next report will tell you that the water is flowing to the village and that the villagers’ daily trek up the mountain for fresh water has finally ended.