Water scarcity had been a big problem in a remote village of ThuloNamja, Rolpa which had compelled the village of 56 households to explore alternative places to migrate. The villagers, who were mostly from Dalit community, pleaded for building of water supply system but on one paid heed to their urge. In the meantime, Good Governance and Livelihood (GOAL) Project funded by Australian Government DFAT and implemented by ADRA in partnership with local partners organized workshops and facilitated preparation of Local Adaptation Plan of Action (LAPA) in lead of VDC and active participation of representatives from all wards and local stakeholders. The GOAL project ensured that the LAPA, which is prepared for 5 years duration, would highlight and rank the most important needs of all wards. GOAL project also supported each of 12 VDCs in its project area with NPR 190,000/VDC for initiating implementation of the LAPA activities. The scheme selected by ThuloNamja community was put on thefirst priority under the ranking.
This initiative did not only bring hope but also brought excitation and synergy in the community to restore water supply system. The total cost of the project stood around NPR 975,000. The GOAL project supported the community with technical assistance and partial financial support of NPR 100,000. However, with the leadership skills learned during Result Oriented Leadership Development Program (ROLDP) organized by GOAL project, the community people were capacitated and were able to leverage the remaining amount from VDC, Community Forest User Groups, two other projects- Agriculture and Food Security project and Multi-stakeholder Forestry project, and in-kind contribution from the community themselves. Within very short time span, they were able to establish water supply scheme. Mr. Khai Ram Khadka, the Chairperson of Management Committee mentions, “our dream project of managing drinking water distancing 2.5 km has come true.”
The water scheme is giving multiple benefits to them now. “The main purpose of the scheme is to address critical need of drinking water, however, we also use it for vegetable farming and kitchen gardening,” shares Harka Bahadur, “we also received training from GOAL project on waste water collection which helped us about water conservation and its effective usages.”
According to the locals, several households including Harka Bahadur, who had discontinued farming due to water crisis, have now started cultivation of vegetables by use of technology introduced by the project such as drip irrigation and plastic tunnels. This has helped them to increase their vegetable production with efficient utilization of available low volume of water.