Community Development Project in Nuwakot is financially and technically supported by Nepalhilfe im kleinen Rahmen, Nurnberg, Germany. The Founder President of Nepalhilfe im kleinen Rahmen is Mr. Manfred Losert. This organisation has been supporting PARCEL OF PEACE from the beginning. Thank you very much Nepalhilfe im Kleinen Rahmen for all your support.
When we began concentrating on the social and economic development of the villages in Nuwakot, Nepal, we were shocked to find that there were no toilets in many of the schools and that there was a great problem of open defecation: a big sanitary and hygienic issue. We had to do this especially for the students who could not go to toilets the whole day and had to defecate in an open space and cause a health problems.
One by one we built 18 toilets in our 6 schools. After that, there were demands from families without toilets in their homes. We built 10, then 20, then another 20 in clusters for individual families. We have built a total of 90 toilets for families so far. Now the areas where the toilets have been built looks much better as it is clean in the sense there is no open defecation anymore. The entire village has habituated to the use of toilets. Perspectives of the people have changed.
An old problem plaguing Nepal has been the traditional mud oven used in most village households. These traditional ovens have a wide mouth where the fire woods is burnt and therein lies the problem: the open mouth emits smoke and there are a lot of cases where the children of the women who cook, roll into the open flame when their mothers have left the room and this inflicts severe burns that cause death. Indirectly, the traditional ovens are causers of respiratory diseases, lung problems and are a very bad in terms of design and use. We found throughout the villages that people were still using these traditional ovens and were suffering from incidents such as those mentioned above.
To address this very sensitive problem, to prevent accidents and minimize respiratory ailments, we decided to implement a better design by building smokeless ovens (dhuwa rahit chulo) for each and every house in the village. This new design, built with iron rods in the interior, requires less wood and generates more energy. It is designed in such a way that there is no smoke because the chimney pumps out the smoke. The side mouth of the traditional ovens are smaller now so no child may accidentally come in contact with the flames. It uses less firewood, meaning lower carbon emissions and that fewer trees are chopped. Now less children have burn injury and people do not have to cook food with the smoke in kitchens.
The program requires the receiving household had to pay 100 rupees and our organization pays the remaining 700 rupees.