December 5 2019
Twenty years ago, Matthieu Ricard set out to build a better world for the people of the Himalayan region through the founding of Karuna-Shechen. Working in remote and underserved villages, made poss...
Imagine a school with no water to wash, no water for toilets, or to drink, or cook with!
In Nepal many of the community schools we support are located in drought-prone areas and suffer from acute water shortages. Not only does this create hygiene and health concerns, but it adversely affects the quality of education and leads to school absenteeism
Karuna-Shechen is installing rainwater harvesting systems in rural community schools across Nepal to address this need and prevent the spread of water-borne diseases giving children a clean school environment. The systems are being provided to five community schools in the Kavre and Humla districts, and two more will be equipped in the near future.
Water is gold here,” explains Ram Krishna Kunwar, the principle of Sundarimai Primary School where a 60,000-litter tank is being installed. The school is located in a remote and drought-prone region, with the nearest water source 1500 meters away. “When there is no water, many students do not even bother coming to school,” Mr Kumar says. The new water reserve will be used for drinking and sanitation in case of a water shortage.
As part of this project, Karuna-Shechen will also distribute 75 domestic-sized rainwater-harvesting systems (1000-2000 liters capacity) to households in two remote communities that suffer from severe water shortages.
Thanks to your donations, more than 1000 school children, staff, and additional households will have secured access to a safe source of drinking water.
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November 15 2019
Karuna-Shechen’s projects are developed to serve the needs of villagers and communities in remote and under-served areas of Nepal, India, and Tibet. While we gauge success based on the number of peo...
Meet the villagers, our team, and all those who make our work possible. Discover the values that guide and inspire us. And learn how your generous support improves the living conditions of 250,000 peo...