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Safe drinking water for 1.000 poor Nepalese before winter

Woman on path in the Karnali region in Nepal
Village in the Karnali region in Nepal

Mission East’s new Country Representative in Nepal, Alessandra Radaelli, has earlier this year visited the Karnali Zone in Nepal where Mission East started new projects in 2007 to help the poor mountain population.

After several days of walking, Alessandra Radaelli and her team reached the villages where projects are working towards the provision of safe drinking water and improved food security via farmer training and irrigation.

Back in December 2006 a team from Mission East travelled to the villages in the mountainous area to assess the need for help. They were met by a shocking sight; the children's stomachs were swollen from malnutrition, the lack of clean drinking water was causing high incidence of basic preventable diseases and the population was unaware of basic hygiene practice to prevent illness.

Among other things, Mission East is currently building and repairing clean drinking water systems. Because of the work more than one thousand people will have access to clean drinking water before winter. The project saw challenges due to among other things the

monsoon rain and transport difficulties. The few means of transportation and the prioritisation of emergency aid kits have postponed the project, which is made possible thanks to our supporters and the AEC Foundation.

Mission East will continue the work in the Karnali Zone with new funding. Among other things the population is in need of better agricultural knowledge to be able to grow food for themselves that will enable them to eat all year round without a 'food gap'.

Updated October 2008