RIDS-Nepal was created in 2002 with the goal of providing basic services to Nepalese households in an affordable, sustainable way. RIDS’s founder, Alex Zahnd, supports the idea of a Holistic Development, meaning that progress in one area must be matched with advances in other areas. The objective of the project is to provide potable water for the 32 households (200 people in total, an average of six per household) of the remote village of Mohoriguan.
The other three elements of the Family of Four (a pit latrine, smokeless stove, and solar power system for every home) have already been installed. The local communities strongly support RIDS-Nepal's commitment and are directly involved in the implementing of the Holistic Development model.
Earlier in 2012, another organization built a drinking water system (DWS) in Mohoriguan, without informing or enquiring with RIDS-Nepal which programs/projects were already running prior to their activities. (Source : Rids Nepal – The Family of Four –Alex Zahnd)
Unfortunately, despite the organization’s best intentions, the newly built drinking water system is not working as intended.
Over the last few months, we have been investigating what needs to be done in order to remedy the present situation and to get this DWS project done properly as initially planned, yet we are unable to complete the project until our fundraising goal is met. Thus, I hope you are still encouraged to continue to stand with us and the people from Mohorigaun village to raise the needed funds to get the DWS done so that water WILL flow from the 4 tap stands in the village and the ladies and young girls do not have to walk down to the river and fetch unclean water to carry back to the village.
The Mohorigaun people have again called upon RIDS-Nepal to work with them to address their urgent need for DWS, so that they will finally have access to clean drinking water. Access to clean drinking water is ONE of the MAIN programs of RIDS-Nepal's "Family of 4" community development concept.
In 2013, FOH will continuously support the RIDS-Nepal project in village of Mohoriguan.