“We should be careful consuming water. We should drink safe water and adopt measures to purify water. Therefore safety should be considered to ensure water is safe and drinkable” says Manorath Bajgain, Senior Lab Technician, ENPHO. His message is crystal clear but according to the department of water supply and sewerage in Nepal, though an estimated 80% people of the total population has access to drinking water; the water might not be safe. In most cases, marginalized population living in rural areas has limited access to the water, let alone safe water. People living in remote areas have to depend on small streams running from the mountain and spend hours to get water. Further, only 27% of the population has access to sanitation. Similarly, more than 44,000 children die every year in Nepal from waterborne disease.Read more: Amplifying the local voices
Since a very long time, urban areas have been facing the issue of water scarcity.Read more: Rainwater Harvesting: A better solution to urban water scarcity
Naresh Shrestha studies in grade 3. He wears his school shirt with a pair of jean every time he comes to school because his family is not able to afford a proper set of uniform to him. He is so fond of coming to the school but he did not want to be embarrassed to be the only boy with no proper uniform.
In front of the Pashupatinath Temple, there are many stalls of flowers and other worship materials. Susma is a stall holder. A girl of medium height, fair complexion, and long hair seems odd among the other old ladies. The girl used to be very busy with her regular costumers before the earthquake. Since the earthquake, her business has fallen to pieces.Read more: A Flower-selling Girl
Sumitra Ghimire is the only school dress that she is for long. Her bag is also torn, yet she has not stopped coming to school without fearing to be teased by her friends. When asked that she would stitch her new uniform, she shared, “I have asked my dad for one but he will provide me when he has collected enough money “. It was surprising to find her such an understanding girl at the age of 8 years.