The film follows the story of Krishna, the district’s only plumber, as he repairs the community’s vital water system which was damaged during the 2015 earthquakes.
At times it seems he faces an impossible challenge: mending and replacing damaged pipes and securing the flow of clean water from a remote water source up through the steep hills of Kharelthok. And the stakes couldn’t be higher: 80 households are relying on Krishna for access to safe, clean water.
But he’s not working alone. Our local partner KIRDARC is now providing essential support, as well as enabling families to build their own toilets and attend hygiene education classes – critical elements in securing a healthier future for all the village’s residents.
Building back better
In Kharelthok, as in all our rehabilitation projects across Nepal, Krishna and KIRDARC are committed to building back better. That means incorporating modifications that will make taps and toilets more robust in the face of future disasters and selecting sites for construction that won’t be affected by landslides or falling buildings.
It’s an approach we hope will create long-term access to clean water, toilets and hygiene for 30,000 people living in earthquake-affected areas in Nepal over the next two years – an ambitious goal, and one that’s being made possible by WaterAid’s generous supporters and partnerships like the HSBC Water Programme, which funded the Aftershock documentary.
Embracing new technology
As this footage from Kharelthok shows, the virtual reality experience is powerful.
The film is not only testament to our joint commitment to ending the global water challenge (the Water Programme has enabled us to reach more than one million people with safe water and two million with sanitation globally since 2012). It’s also a sign of our willingness to embrace new technology and the potential it has to bring people closer than ever before to our work and the communities we’re empowering, as they transform their lives through access to clean water and decent toilets.
Having spent nearly four weeks living and working alongside the community as part of this project, it’s a huge privilege to share Kharelthok’s story in this way, and to be a part of their journey to a brighter future after the devastating events of 2015.
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