Water scarcity in Nepal

When I announced my upcoming visit to Nepal on social media, I was introduced to Shree and we've been chatting back and forth ever since. Shree and his family live in rural Nepal, and like many rural Nepalese are farmers. He also studies mechanical engineering in Kathmandu and is executive director in a business he started called Green Design Consultants.  The company was started with the idea to help people with sustainable green technologies. One of these is rainwater harvesting. Putting his knowledge to work as both a farmer and engineer, Shree has developed an affordable solution to improve the water availability problem facing many in Nepal.

Shree's village, like many in rural areas, lacks water. Outside of the monsoon season, drought conditions exist. On top of that, the existing water supply (from rivers and streams mostly) lies far below the farms in the valley and are often polluted.

Collecting water in these villages can take many trips and hours a day, a job that falls primarily to the women and children.  I was floored when I considered the impact of this. Shree's mother and wife have both spent hours in the past collecting water and in fact Shree started this rainwater harvesting project with his family in mind. Three ponds have now expanded to 60 in his village.

Plastic ponds are built to collect rainwater during the monsoon season from the roof of the house using a pipe. The rainwater can then be stored and collected for use when needed, for watering the vegetable gardens, the fields, and for cooking and watering cattle.

I've linked below to videos explaining the great work Shree is doing. They're not long so please have a look. 

And another - hope this helps to explain the great work that Shree is doing.