Lahachowk is a small rural farming village in the Kaski District of northern-central Nepal. Its culture is primarily Hindu-based and traditional practices are strongly observed. Lahachowk has been the site of many community development initiatives over the past decade and, as a result, the community has flourished.
Prior to the launch of this initiative, the pipes that delivered water to the village were broken or compromised in several places, allowing bacteria from farming and livestock to contaminate the village’s drinking water.
The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of potable water and leverage this increase of water quality to foster improved overall health of the Lahachowk community members. We will assess, implement, and evaluate a household unit drinking water filtration system.
As a result of this initiative, we hope to see improved water quality, collective community health, health of the community’s children and elders, and a reduction in childhood illness and gastrointestinal-related ailments.