Kathmandu 9th of November 2015
Maghi Gaun, a little village in Nuwakot district on the river bank high above Nepal’s largest river Trisuli.
I went there today with my good friend Bimal to see his sister and also because Bimal wanted to show me something. Bimal knows I am interested in education and that I am a very practical person. Now he showed me a village with a huge agricultural potential just 75 kilometers from Kathmandu, the capital where it sometimes is very hard to get good vegetables. In a country where the lack of infrastructure often cause problems for farmers to deliver their crops to the market.
This village does not have that particular problem. They have a road just 3 kilometers away. Just a short distance on a narrow dirt path and over the long but very stable swingbridge over the river Trisuli is a road big enough to allow lorries to come to the other side of the river and pick up all the crop from the village.
Another strange thing we saw was that the kids left school already at 1pm instead of staying at school the whole day which is from 10 to 4. How come?
The kids are working in the afternoon. They are carrying water from the spring close to the river 120 meters lower than the village. If they did not carry the water there would be no veggies at all on the dry fields. And just 120 meter below there is a large river and there is also a spring belonging to the village.
My first question was: Why can’t the adults carry the water? Kids have to go to school. But the men are leaving the village to take a job abroad. Often as unskilled labour under slave like conditions in the Gulf states. Women and children are left behind. And the women are working on the fields, they are cooking, washing, trying to survive in shelters and sheds built up after the earthquakes in April and May 2015. There are not time to carry the water for them. So the kids have to, if the crops are not to be dried out completely.
What about a pump? Does the village have electricity? Yes but just one phase. What could be done? The spring gives 7 000 liter per hour and the river will not dry out if the spring water does not go to the river but to the village instead. On the single phase electricity a pump can be installed and run down at the river, pumping up water half way to a middle station and from there another pump could press the water up to the village. ONE pump cost USD 1 700:- or 175 000 Nepali rupees. On top of that 750 meters pipe cost money and a 10 000-litre tank in the village would cost some money.
All in all the village will need approximately USD 5000:-
I suggest the villagers themselves pay for the pipes and the tank. Something like USD 1 600:- for the villagers themselves to raise. After all there are many villagers working abroad sending money home to their families. I am ready to pay for one pump USD 1 700:- I am not really a rich person and my first priority is my orphanage in Kathmandu and the children living there. But Maghi Gaun could be so prosperous if it was not for the lack of water and irrigation would give the village an opportunity to send fresh food to Kathmandu and earn money.
Let’s help them doing that. After all, Bimal has many friends from overseas and if we just need 3 400 dollars more than the villagers can raise and I give half of that it’s just 1 700:- left. I am sure other friends can help and I have asked Bimal to set up a GoFundMe-page to raise the money.
Until he has done that, you can mail me telling your interest to help and as soon as the GoFundMe-page is there I will mail you again telling everything is ready. And next time you come to Nepal you just have to go there and see a part of real Nepal, far from tourist areas and eat the fresh ecological food and please pass the school also to check that the kids staying there also after 1 pm.
With love and light Eva (Sweden)
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