Water Programme Samjur, Nepal

Our 2020/2021 project is to construct a water storage and distribution system in the village of Samjur in a rural area of central Nepal.

Water Programme for Samjur, Nepal

Our 2020/2021 project is to construct a water storage and distribution system in the village of Samjur in a rural area of central Nepal. The village consists of 30 houses and approximately 150 villagers.

Close to the village is a school and they require a toilet and water supply.

Rotarians from both Portland and Casterbridge clubs first visited Samjur in 2015. The earthquake devastated the school, and the Okhle Village Trust with Rotary help built a brand-new school. We visited again in 2017 and 2019. The need for this new project became clear.

It is a six-hour journey on tarmac from Kathmandu then a further three hours on unmade up roads into the hills. The village is above the Terai (lowlands) to the south but below the Himalayas to the north.

The village currently has a gravity-fed water system with good output from the spring that feeds it. The tank leaks badly and no longer fulfils basic needs of the village. The villagers have to walk to a neighbouring village to collect water which can be a round trip of an hour.

The plan is to construct a collection chamber at the year-round spring and a new 15000 litre concrete storage tank above the village. Water will then be distributed by new pipes to existing taps located in the village. 

The primary school is on a spur a few hundred metres from the village. The children have an unusable toilet and there is no water supply.

A brick built single toilet will be constructed and a water supply led from the village main tank.

This system will give all villagers access to clean water and pupils at the school access to clean water and a flushing toilet which will improve their health and enable them to use their time and energy more productively.

Due to the early monsoon weather, floods that washed roads away and the Coronavirus pandemic the project was delayed

However, work is now well under way. The villagers dug out the footings for the tank. A resurgence of cases of the Covid-19 pandemic resulting in village lockdowns meant that the raw materials needed and the skilled labourers could not be brought in. in recent weeks the situation has improved and the villages are free from cases and the main tank has been constructed and rendered.

The base for the school toilet has been constructed and the brick walls

It is hoped to complete the project shortly.