“With the poorest drinking water and sanitation coverage in South Asia, Nepal and its people are in dire need of assistance,” said Nepal native Raghabendra KC (Class of 2013). “Each year about 45,000 children below the age of five years die in Nepal from sanitation related problems, which are attributed to inadequate supplies of water and the poor quality of the water available.”
Supported by Office of Community Engagement (OCE), KC, vice president of the student-service club Making Lives Better, decided to combat this problem this summer through “Mission-Aqua.” KC traveled to Nepal and conducted Mission-Aqua by installing five compact water purifiers at the Bal Mandir Primary schools in the remote village of Doti as well as in Shridiwa in the city of Kathmandu.
“Improving the quality of the water supply and sanitation has been shown to reduce the morbidity due to different diseases by significant amounts,” said KC. “Prior to Mission-Aqua, the students were drinking untreated water straight out of the tap. The school in Doti had its water reserve tank beside a huge waste dump and, not surprisingly, the tank had no lid. There are usually over a dozen cases every term of students missing school because of water borne diseases.”
For a cost of $550, Mission Aqua directly benefited 576 school staff and children as they were provided with clean drinking water and better health.
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