On the 1st of September our partner WECONNEX opened the first NEXUS Center in Gochada, Chitwan. Muna Mahato, the responsible operator in Gochada, has taken it upon herself together with the support of the local entrepreneur Guneshwar Mahato and the social mobilizers Bhima Kunwar and Laxmi Sunar to make NEXUS Center Gochada a success.
Clean water from the NEXUS Center is delivered in disinfected jars or bottles to ensure that the water remains uncontaminated.To create awareness in Gochada for the new NEXUS Center, Muna attended a local festival where she not only donated 50 jars of water but also explained the benefits of drinking the clean filtered water.
Ten days later a second NEXUS Center was opened in Basanthapur. The responsible for this NEXUS Center is Kamala Bhattari. A Hindu priest officially blessed NEXUS Center Basanthapur and the festive event attracted at least 150 to 200 visitors.
Detailed information on the NEXUS Project (available only in German)
Yearly Status Report 2015
Some pictures of the project
The 7.8 richter earthquake of April had Nepalese people suffering to an unimaginable extent.
In this situation our project partner in Nepal, ECCA, initiated immediate steps and made big efforts to help people re-sustain their lives.
In this short video ECCA comments on its immediate measures and expresses its heartfelt gratitude to all supporters, donors, volunteers and concerned authorities for helping in every possible way.
On November 12, 2015 we have received the good news that we will be able to finance a new project in Nepal. The NEXUS Project enables the creation and implementation of three NEXUS Centres in rural and remote regions. The main objective of these Centres is the purification and sale of safe drinking water. Certain preparation work has already started on site and we are currently finalising the legal framework in order to start the project before the end of the year.
Detailed information on the NEXUS Project (available only in German).
dropforlife ist very concerned about the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that took place on April 25, 2015 in Nepal. Over 8 million people have been directly affected by the disaster and more than 7000 people regrettably lost their lives.
All the more we’re relieved to hear that our partners at ECCA (Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) are safe and continuing their invaluable work, which is more important than ever at this moment (see our WATASOL Project with ECCA). ECCA says that with the rapid decline in the living conditions, there are no proper sanitation facilities in the affected areas. There is high probability of using contaminated water, which increases health and hygiene issues. In the aftermath of an earthquake, water borne diseases are one of the most easily transmitted ones. With this in mind, ECCA hat proceeded with its production of WATASOL chlorine solution to fulfil the increasing demand for means to produce safe drinking water. Along with WATASOL for treating drinking water, other relief materials are supplied to the needy villagers.
We’re proud of this amazing work done by ECCA in a very difficult situation and will ensure our continuing support.
ECCA links to stay informed and to help:
Blogs from ECCA
On October 12, 2014, our Foundation Board member Manuela Balma flew to Nepal for a second onsite visit of dropforlife projects. The aim was to visit and evaluate the current pilot project WATASOL before the start of its second phase 2015-2018. During four days, several visits to schools with interactions with students, school faculty and community members were on the agenda. Our local partner ECCA does an excellent job, not only related to safe water but also related to fostering social competencies and skills of students. The number of persons benefitting of the project can be counted by thousands. We are happy to be able to support the project for another three years.
The last two days of the trip were used to make a short trip to the Nawalparasi district in order to visit a new local partner, Guneshwar Mahato, Elite Enterprises, for our next project using Trunz Water Systems technology. A pilot project using the latter is running for a few months now and has given interesting insight into our next project. The potential for the project based on a sustainable business approach looks very promising.
The full visit report can be downloaded here:
Visit Report WATASOL October 2014