Piping Safe Water to Gopeghari:
Our Long-Term Vision to Uplift Locals Through Safe, Clean Water Sources
In the village of Gopeghari, the only water source is in a tight, narrow gorge a one-hour walk down a steep grade. Recent droughts and unstable weather patterns have made water even more scarce for the indigenous Chepang tribe, which faces abnormally high rates of waterborne illness and childhood mortality.
Elevate Nepal is working with the local community and government to design a system to pump water 115 vertical meters up to a large holding reservoir in Gopeghari. Community taps in several locations will allow easy access to potable water for people, livestock and irrigation. Future plans include distributing water from the reservoir to two other villages farther down the hillside. Once complete, the project will serve more than 2,000 people and two schools.
As always, we would hire local laborers and provide education on how to maintain the new water system to ensure long-term functionality and preserve the integrity of the current water source. Once water is bought to local schools, new toilets and wash basins will be constructed to promote good hygiene practices. Education programs will also improve health and quality of life.
As we continue our research and implement successful development programs, we plan to expand our scope to have a positive impact on underserved communities across Nepal.