The Water Crisis in Nepal
Snuggled in Northwest Nepal, in an area that receives almost 30-60 inches of rain a year, you would think Kopila Valley School and Home would be in no short supply of pristine Himalayan water flowing off the tallest mountain range in the world. But that is not the case. Only 16% of Nepal’s population has access to safe drinking water.
In a country that has no proper system to dispose of garbage and human waste, all water flowing above ground is an unreliable source of clean drinking water. Actually, contaminated water is to blame for over 10 MILLION cases of childhood diarrheal diseases each year. Water borne diseases are one of the leading health concerns in Nepal and is the cause of over 13,000 deaths of children under the age of 5.
How Kopila Valley Makes a Difference
Kopila Valley School provides an education to some of the poorest children in the region – a region where more than 72% of households have NO access to safe drinking water. For almost 5 years, Maggie Doyne, New Jersey native and founder of Kopila Valley School, struggled with a serious water shortage. With water being the chief ingredient for all cooking and an absolute necessity of any hygienic environment, Maggie found it difficult to simultaneously provide safe meals and keep the children healthy enough to consistently attend school.
In 2011, Kopila Valley’s dedicated team and staff secured the only well-drilling rig in their region. Through their efforts, the children of Kopila Valley School and Home and the surrounding community gained access to safe, clean water.
The challenge, however, doesn’t stop there. To provide clean water for all students of Kopila, both current and future, one well will not be enough.
Kopila Valley's Water Challenge
Kopila Valley, rated one of the top schools in the region, provides an education for children through junior high. Children are left without many options past grade 9. But Maggie dreams big, and she firmly believes that every child should have a complete education. She sees great potential in the disadvantaged youth of Surkhet and can already see the makings of doctors, lawyers and the teachers of tomorrow. None of this is possible, however, without a High School.
Kopila Valley High School has been a twinkle in Maggie's eye, and with the generous community and support around her, she is able to make her dream a reality. A lush plot of land has been purchased a short distance from Kopila Valley Elementary School & Home. Surveying and architectural renderings have commenced. The twinkle is taking shape.
But there can’t be a school without water.
Rotary Aims to Dig the Well!
Rotary believes “Service Above Self”, and the Rotary Clubs of New Jersey have done just that in supporting Maggie and Kopila Valley since 2007. Rotary has helped provide some of the most important necessities like desks and white boards and provided the opportunity for education and betterment of the rising generation. No project is too big or small for Rotary, so when the Rotary Clubs of Madison (NJ) and Maplewood (NJ) heard that Maggie needed a well, they signed up for the job!
The land has been surveyed, the contract for the well rig has been signed, and all that is needed is the money. It will take $10,000 to make the dream a reality, and coming together as a community we can do it. Together we can create the change and peace we wish to see in the world. Together, let's create the change Maggie envisions in her part of the world: clean water, education and opportunity to the poorest of the poor in Northwest Nepal.
A project from the
Rotary Clubs of Madison (NJ)
and Maplewood (NJ).