In our last report we conveyed the good news that a major donor had made it possible for the village to repair the pipeline before the onset of the Tibetan winter. Unfortunately, the project has been delayed. In this very remote part of Tibet, the support of the County Administration is crucial for any project to move forward. There were delays in the approval process over the Summer that have now pushed the repair of the pipeline into next Spring. The village leadership has been working with the County’s leadership committee and the County engineers to agree on a design and plan that will avoid any similar problems going into the future. Several important elements are the possible modification of the route of the pipeline so that it can be buried deeply enough in the rocky mountainous soil to avoid freezing; effective insulation as a fail-safe mechanism; and the specification and purchasing of materials that are certified to meet government standards. Each of these elements has its own unique challenges and requires proactive local/regional government partnership to achieve success.
The one constant throughout this sometimes frustrating process is the persistence and equanimity shown by the villagers. Even though they are once again carrying water down the mountain every day, they know that we, the network of Global Giving supporters, continue to support their efforts and are committed to the long-term success of the project.
In our last report we had to convey the bad news that the pipeline to the Village had frozen and broken and that the flow of water had been interrupted. We are now able to report Great News!
A long-time and very generous donor has made a major donation to the Water Project. This donation will enable us to rebuild the pipeline this summer. We are moving forward on the rebuilding with two major foci. First, the village leaders are working with suppliers to make sure that the new pipeline will be constructed of the highest quality materials that can withstand the harsh environment. Second, the engineers assisting on the project are making sure that the pipe is buried far deeper this time around, ensuring that it is well below the frost line and not in danger of freezing.
Thanks to the generosity of this major donor, we are able, with the support of our friends in the Global Giving community, to focus on the next stage of the original Water Project and move forward with our plans to bring clean water to the surrounding area.
The people of the Village continue to send their thanks and appreciation to their friends on the other side of the world; friends who have not abandoned them, but have actually increased their support of a project that is changing their lives every day.
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.