We can drink water from the tap (fitted with a filter if necessary) without a single care, but many people go without this convenience. In Nepal, for example, over than half the population lacks access to safe drinking water or proper sanitation, causing life-threatening diseases to spread easily. The Dopper Foundation therefore supports Simavi’s water and sanitation projects and its local partners.
Water pumps and information
When you buy a Dopper or donate to the Dopper Foundation, you directly support the people of Nepal because Dopper, together with good cause Simavi and its local partner NEWAH, (Nepal Water for Health) supports projects involving the installation of safe drinking water systems and toilets.
Education and training are crucial. To achieve behavioral change, it is important that the people living in Nepal’s villages understand the importance of clean water and learn to maintain the new systems themselves. We pay particular attention to the education of women, because they play a key role in the health of their families. This makes the solution sustainable.
Check out this short movie by Simavi (in Dutch).
Nepal is a wonderful country. It attracts many travellers who come to conquer its beautiful mountains. But for the population, it is precisely this inhospitable landscape that causes them big problems. Over 3 million people have no access to clean drinking water, and 20 million do not have access to a clean toilet. This is more than half the population! This situation can lead to the spread of dangerous diseases.
By building wells and pumps and sanitation, and by establishing awareness of hygiene, diseases can be prevented. People will no longer have to walk for hours each day to fetch water, but will be able to devote this precious time to their work or education. This development will allow them to break the vicious circle of poverty.
Project sites: Makrahar and Baglun
When the first Doppers were sold in October 2010, we started working with Simavi on water projects in Nepal – in Makrahar to be exact, an area in the southern district of Rupandehi.
A new, three-year project started in May 2013 in the district of Baglun. Baglun is located 180 miles from the capital, Kathmandu, in the western hills of Nepal. The people here live in a remote area that is hard to access. The communities we work with are among the most disadvantaged groups in society.