Bring Clean Water to 3000 Tibetan Villagers

Mar 31, 2014

Report From the Village as Spring Approaches

Hello to all of our dear friends and supporters from GlobalGiving,

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.


Oct 18, 2013

Report From the Village as They Head Into Winter

Hello to all of our dear friends and supporters from GlobalGiving,

It is now fall and the villagers still talk about how wonderful it is to get clean water so easily. Their lives have improved in so many ways, enabling them to easily bathe and launder their clothes. This is especially true for the elderly, sick, and children, who needed to rely on others to carry water back before.

There are now hoses hooked up to the water system, making irrigation and construction more convenient. Two wash houses have been built, where people can bathe and take showers, this is wonderful! Some flush toilets have been installed as well, which work well. With improved hygiene, the health of the villagers has improved as well.

The funds pay off the loans taken for this work. Again, we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping the lives of so many in this very important way. 

Apr 30, 2013

Our First Winter With Running Water at the Village

Greetings to our friends from GlobalGiving! Winter is over,
and the pipeline has delivered water to several points in the village, saving
many from the daily hike over mountainous terrain to get their water. This has
been particularly helpful in the Winter, when the trek for water along narrow
paths is both exhausting and dangerous. The funds that have been raised have
gone towards paying off the loans. There is some maintenance work on the
pipeline that is needed and funds are going towards those repairs as well. As
we move into Spring we will extend the water piping to several additional
points within and around the village so that this great benefit can be
available to more of our brothers and sisters.

Again, from the hearts of the villagers to you, a hearty
thank you for caring about their lives.

Dec 26, 2012

Phase 1 Complete: Water Flows to the Village

Good news!  Pipeline has been laid down from the
reservoir pools to the water tanks and water now flows continuously to the
village. This has made a huge difference for the lives of the villagers and
people of the surrounding areas. They are able to have water for their daily
needs without spending an hour every day carrying heavy jugs of water down the
mountain.  Fortunately, the pipelineswere installed before the winter temperatures froze the ground, and the
pipelines were dug deep enough to prevent them from freezing in the harsh
Tibetan winter.

We needed to act quickly in order to ensure that the installation of the water pipeline would meet local
codes and withstand extreme climate conditions. As such, the villagers took out
a loan to finance the additional costs associated with the engineering and
construction of the project. The monies that have been donated from the project
so 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. The
villagers have asked us to extend a heartfelt thank you….They continue to be
touched by the generosity of people from all over the world who have helped
them secure this great positive change in their lives. They thank especially the
donors that are providing continuing support.

With heartfelt warm wishes,

The Tibet Humanitarian Project

Sep 26, 2012

A Reservoir and Holding Tanks Are Being Built

Building the Road
Building the Road

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 the
accompanying 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.

Working on the Holding Tanks
Working on the Holding Tanks

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Eric Wheel

San Rafael, CA United States

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