The Project for Improving Water Access and Agriculture Income, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, and jointly Implemented by Peace Winds Japan and Institution for Suitable Actions for Prosperity (ISAP) conducted its Central Project Advisory Committee (CPAC) Meeting successfully on 23 August 2023, with the presence of honorable representatives from different ministries at the Social Welfare Council.
PIWAAI’s achievements in the thematic areas of Agriculture and WASH were praised and appreciated by all. The meeting concluded with the team taking into account the suggestion received from the honorable representatives to coordinate with the thematic ministries and local government, and plan projects in the future based on the HDI index of the target districts, national period plans, and the logical framework of the National Planning Commission.
Transforming Women’s Lives and Empowering Communities
Access to water is often taken for granted in many parts of the world, but for women in marginalized communities, it can be a life-changing opportunity. In countless societies, women bear the responsibility of fetching water for their households, a task that can be physically demanding and time-consuming. However, when women gain access to clean and abundant water sources, their lives undergo a remarkable transformation.
Women like Lal Maya, Purnima, Tika Kumari, and many others, who live in remote places, undertake grueling journeys multiple times a day to fetch water for their families. This arduous task not only consumed their energy but also limited their potential for personal and economic growth. With the implementation of PIWAAI, the lives of these women have taken a positive turn. No longer burdened by the daily struggle for water, they are able to redirect their time and energy toward other pursuits.
Moreover, the empowerment of women through water access extends beyond economic benefits. With reduced water-fetching responsibilities, women gain more time for personal development, education, and community engagement. They can pursue education, enhance their skills, and actively participate in decision-making processes that shape their lives and communities. When women are no longer burdened by the laborious task of water collection, they can contribute to society in more profound ways. Their newfound freedom leads to improved health and sanitation, increased agricultural productivity, and the opportunity to engage in income-generating activities.
Access to water is not merely a basic necessity; it is a catalyst for change. It has the power to uplift marginalized women, transform communities, and break the cycle of poverty. As we continue to strive for sustainable development and gender equality, it is crucial to prioritize initiatives that ensure equitable access to water resources. By doing so, we create a world where women can flourish, where their voices are heard, and where their potential can be fully realized.
18 August 2023 was a momentous occasion for the people of Balefi Rural Municipality, Sindhupalchok as the water supply systems constructed by the “Project for Improving Water Access and Agriculture Income” funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, and jointly implemented by Peace Winds Japan and ISAP was inaugurated and handed over to the Balefi Rural Municipality. The event was graced by the esteemed presence of H.E. Mr. KIKUTA Yutaka, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, alongside the Honorable Member of Parliament, Mr. Madhab Prasad Sapkota.
In this gathering marked by significance, the program witnessed the participation of numerous dignitaries, notably the local government representatives, along with the beneficiaries from Balefi and Sunkoshi Rural Municipality. The program was set about by the Executive Director of ISAP, Ms. Apekshya Bhusal who shared the project’s three-year achievements of supplying water from 14 Water Supply Systems, out of which 1 is the Dadakateri Solar Lifting Water Supply Scheme, and the other being the monumental Tharthan Khola Karangaira Dadagaun Kole Electrical Lifting Water Supply System to 501 taps for each household.
Ambassador Kikuta extended his heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to all those who had been instrumental in the efforts to make water available to the people of Sindhupalchok. Expressing his optimism, Ambassador Kikuta envisaged these water supply facilities to be an invaluable community asset, fostering regional development. He emphasized the importance of collective effort for the sustained impact of the project, portraying it as a gift symbolizing the strong Nepal- Japan relations.
Mr. Madhab Prasad Sapkota, Honorable Member of Parliament, voiced gratitude and affirmed the government of Nepal’s commitment to responsibly operate the newly established water supply systems for long-term sustainability. He conveyed his appreciation on behalf of the government of Nepal for Japan’s assistance in this endeavor.
Mr. Ganga Bahadur Tamang, Chairperson of Balefi Rural Municipality, reiterated his dedication to ensuring the effective management of the water supply systems and focusing on sustainability to ensure they become a cornerstone of the community’s progress. He expressed how he envisions tangible benefits that will uplift and better the lives of the community.
The three-year project is handed over to the local government and holds paramount significance in shaping its course. The local authorities’ deep understanding of the community needs can ensure the project’s lasting benefits by making decisions that truly serve the people and their future.
The closing ceremony held on August 16th, 2023, at Melamchi marked a significant milestone for the “Project for Improving Water Access and Agriculture Income”. The central objective of the program was to formally hand over the project's activities and contribution to the local government, ensuring its long-term sustainability.
27 participants comprised of Head of Agriculture section of Melamchi Municipality, Ward representatives, Municipal representatives, Organizational representatives and farmers from various farmers group. The agriculture section committed to offering both technical and moral support. Similarly, the ward representatives guaranteed the careful management of the collection enter established by the organization. These commitments from both the agriculture section and ward representatives collectively demonstrate a comprehensive strategy to ensure the project's sustainability.
Over the course of three years, from its inception to this closing ceremony, the project has been dedicated to enhancing water access and improving agricultural income for the local community. One of the project's focal points was empowering farmers to engage in commercial farming practices, thus boosting their livelihoods and economic status. Through various capacity-building initiatives, farmers were provided with knowledge, tools, and techniques to effectively manage their farms and generate higher agricultural incomes.
The local government representatives and the beneficiary’s heartfelt appreciation served as a testament to the positive impact that the project has had on their lives. With the successful completion of the project, the responsibility was passed on to the local government. This handover ensures that the progress made over the past three years will not be lost but rather carried forward for the benefit of the local community.
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We are thrilled to have Ms. Ishida Miyuki and Mr. Siddhartha Shrestha from the Embassy of Japan visit PIWAAI's third-year WASH project at Tharthan Khola Karangaira Dadagaun Kole Water Supply Community at Balefi Rural Municipality, ward number 4, Sindhupalchok.
This water scheme is designed as a double-stage electrical lifting system to provide water to around 160 households. With the construction of an intake structure in Tharthan Khola which is located about 250 meters down from the top of the community, water is guided to a Horizontal Roughing Filter (HRF) and then to the Bottom RVT from which water is pumped to the intermediate RVT and then lifted to the top of the community. Through 4 RVTS, water is then distributed to clusters of communities throughout the Tharthan Khola Karangaira Dadagaun Kole Water Supply Community.
PIWAAI is a three-year project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and jointly implemented by Peace Winds Japan and ISAP.
“While the construction was underway, I was filled with immense joy, realizing that my community would, at last, gain access to clean drinking water after years of anticipation. Nevertheless, concerns about its sustainability prevailed due to the community's unfamiliarity with sustainable practices. Following my participation in a two-day training, focused on the operation and management of the Water User Committee (WUC), I am now able to confidently assert that sustainability is attainable. The training comprehensively covered aspects such as tariff collection, meter reading, and the overall functioning of the WUC which will directly contribute towards sustainability.” - Rudra Dhoj Karki, Chairperson, Moktan Tole WSS
After the construction of the scheme, each Water User's Committee (WUC) are trained to ensure sustainability of the project. That is why on 13 and 14th August,2023 a two-day training for the WUC was conducted. The main goal of the training was to equip the participants with the necessary skills to effectively manage the Water Supply System. This was achieved by familiarizing them with various subjects such as maintenance, security, and tariff collection.
The extensive focus on interactive sessions, group work, and practical capacitation enhanced the participants existing knowledge thus making the training successful. Thirteen executive members ranging from chairperson to members of the WUC from 5 WSS namely Dadagaun WSS, Satdobato WSS, Manjebari WSS,Swara WSS and Moktan Tole WSS were successfully trained.
In a world where countless individuals chase distant dreams, an extraordinary individual finds his purpose right on his own soil. Meet Mr. Ishwor Nepal, a Dubai migrant returnee, who is a visionary dedicated to pursuing success in his own land and providing job opportunities to many other youths like him. From the village of Balefi, Sindhupalchok, he embarked on a transformative journey of shifting from traditional farming to commercial agriculture, proving that dreams can take root and flourish in the very place we call home.
From Simple Girl to Community Role Model: A Tale of Hard Work and Selflessness
PIWAAI has changed the fate of Manika Tamang, a determined 33-year-old lady from Balefi Rural Municipality-4, Dhad. She says, "We don't need to look far to succeed; it can be made possible through skills, hard work, and the opportunities and resources that pave the way for growth and progress." Through determination and learning, Manika’s journey is a testament to her remarkable ability to balance multiple roles and responsibilities given the right opportunities, tools, and resources to uplift themselves and their community.