Dear Mohorigaun Village Drinking Water System (DWS) Project friends
I am just back from a field visit to Mohorigaun village where we plan to build the village drinking water system, which taps into the villager’s local water spring and pipes the water down to the village through buried plastic pipes to 3-4 tap stands. That prevents the women and children, who fetch otherwise their daily drinking water from the near by contaminated river to drink polluted water.
This drinking water project is part of a long-term "Family of 4" (see:http://www.rids-nepal.org/index.php/Family_of_4.html) holistic community development project RIDS-Nepal is carrying out in Mohorigaun. While each family already has a pit latrine (toilet), a smokeless metal stove and basic indoor lighting through a solar PV home system, the village drinking water system was in discussion since 2 years. Now, when I came to Mohorigaun in May 2012, another, well known international aid organization has provided the funds to build the drinking water system. They provided several times the funding we proposed. However, when I came to the village in May, there was NO water flowing from any of the 4 tap stands in the villages. What are the reasons...?
In a nutshell it is another, rather sad experience one makes if working long-term in the field of development. A big, international aid organization has provided the multiple times needed funds to build the DWS project for the people of Mohorigaun, but it was so badly built that NO water was flowing from any tap stands. The funds are gone and the "service", to have access to improved drinking water for the villagers, has not been achieved....This is unfortunately an experience which much more often the case than one expects...
Now, the situation is as following: The Mohorigaun people jointly addressed RIDS-Nepal AGAIN to build WITH them their urgent needed DWS, so that they finally get the needed access to clean, and enough, drinking water. RIDS-Nepal has developed the "Family of 4" community development concept based on almost 2 decades experience and thus we are committed to have it done in partnership with the Mohorigaun people. Thus, while we initially thought that the DWS is now in place, the poor execution of the work has not allowed the people of Mohorigaun to be able to have clean drinking water yet. Thus I encourage you to continue to stand with us and raise the needed funds to get the DWS done professionally and in ways the local end users are respected and, an active part of their project, and proud owners once the DWS is in place and water is flowing.
While this may not be the "normal" report story, with successes and smiling faces....this is unfortunately often the blunt reality of how development is done on a big scale....and we do not agree with this. We have to implement projects with respect for the people and do professional work, so that all stakeholders of a project are happy and satisfied with it, in particular the local end users.