Media learning visit: rainwater harvesting in schools
In June 2013, FANSA supported a team of Pakistani journalists to visit a number of WASH interventions in Nepal as part of its Young Media Fellowship programme. The activity aimed to help drive a sanitation campaign in Pakistan which is calling on the government to be accountable about their roles in improving the sector, extend their support for a better WASH sector in Pakistan.
On a visit to schools in Nepal, they learnt about the water provision improvements made using rainwater harvesting techniques. Despite Nepal’s water resource wealth, there are still many places where people have to travel hours to fetch a single bucket of water. Until recently, people in Thumki Village Development Committee in Kaski, had to travel for almost two hours just to collect a bucket of water. Now the situation is quite different, at least in the local schools.
Thanks to the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) and Kanchan Nepal’s promotion of rainwater-harvesting technology in the area, Jateshwor Secondary School installed a rainwater harvesting system as part of the Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) and Kanchan Nepal joint Blue School programme. As result, students at the school now get enough water for both their drinking and sanitation needs.
“Around 60,000 litres of water is collected in five tanks constructed in the school premise which is used for drinking and sanitation in the school and occasionally also supplied to some of the households nearby,” said Tirtha Raj Neupane, Jateshwor secondary school Principal.
The project has brought significant changes in water provision and improved sanitation in the area which is creating demand from the wider community for support in installing rainwater-harvesting system in their households.
“Children have gained access to enough water for sanitation at school which they do not have at home, which has raised some concerns with parents feeling compelled to be able to ensure sufficient water provision at home,” added Tirtha Raj Neupane.
The Pakistani delegates visited Jateshwor Secondary School and Shivalaya Higher Secondary School in Thumki to learn about the Blue School programme’s work in the area which has also resulted in improved sanitation.
Said Mahazan praised the activities in the Blue School, saying, “The Blue Schools in Kaski are very impressive. I am from hilly region; and though there is enough water there, its management is not proper. If rainwater systems could be installed and utilized properly in my area, it is possible that we will never face problem of water.”
The visit was funded by the European Union and WaterAid and designed by FANSA who also hosted the team in Nepal.