Water Aid

Helping People to Help Themselves

Woman collecting waterWaterAid is an international charity. Our mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. Foundations for the Future Water Aid has approached us to support an ambitious three year project (already started) in the Dolakha district of Nepal. Located about 135km north east of Kathmandu, this is home to one of the most marginalised ethnic groups, the Thami community – a hill tribe of 30,000 people often missed out of development projects. Long lasting clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene will be provided for the community including twenty schools. This is an area used by climbers to ‘warm up’ before tackling Mount Everest: the biggest mountains, the widest valleys and the heaviest monsoon rains making it much harder to reach people in remote areas. Water and sanitation-related diseases are among the biggest public health problems, which is why children often don’t make it to their fifth birthdays. Gravity flow systems will be used at higher altitudes and pumped systems when delivering water from below.