As a result of the disastrous earthquake in October 2005, most of the natural water sources in many villages either dried up and/or changed course, which created problems for the dependent population in getting water for their domestic use.
Due to these water shortage issues, we introduced & developed rainwater-harvesting (RWH) techniques as a source of water for domestic use and for agriculture. Agriculture is the main source of income of nearly 80% of the people living in these areas. The use of rainwater would promote crop growth and reduce soil erosion; increasing the income in these households.
A RWH system has three essential features: an area to collect the water from, a form of transportation of the rainwater and a reservoir. Water is mainly collected using existing structures such as rooftops and ponds and transferred using pipes that will deliver water into a water tank. The water collected is clean and useable for many purposes such as agriculture.
To ensure the RWH project was sustainable, it was essential the communities understood the different aspects of RWH systems. Women are the main users of water in the household and have to travel long distance to collect water for drinking and everyday use. Participation of women was essential when implementing RWH techniques.agence rencontre internationale
To date, we have successfully implemented 4 major RWH projects:
http://joetom.org/masljana/5002 Project 1: In partnership with Oxfam GB
This project involved the installation of rooftop RWH systems in the village Chitra Topi.
Rooftop RWH systems were installed in:
A Rural Health Center- at the Outpatient Department where 90-100 patients are treated daily
50 households- consisting of almost 620 individuals (mainly women)
Two high schools- consisting of 470 boys, 346 girls and 37 staff members
A local mosque- benefiting all the community