Hydram Water Pumping Programme
One of the most significant aspects of poverty affecting marginalised groups in Nepal is lack of access to water resources and weak local water governance frameworks. Lack of access to water reduces agricultural production, resulting in malnutrition and lack of income; reduces the health and sanitation status of the population; reduces women and girls’ empowerment due to significant time collecting water; and reduces the sustainability of water sources.
In an attempt to tackle this fundamental problem of water access Renewable World has been instrumental in introducing Hydralic Ram Pumps (Hydram) to Nepal. Hydrams have been proven to be an effective, sustainable, durable and low-cost solution to water access with particular success and uptake in the Philippines, where, like Nepal, water resources are not scarce in quantitative terms but where access is impeded by distance, in particular vertical distance. Hydrams use the energy from water naturally flowing downhill to lift a smaller amount of water to a greater height.
Based on contextual analyses in Nepal and learning from the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation (AIDFI) in the Philippines, in 2012, Renewable World, in partnership with Centre for Rural Technology, Nepal (CRT/N) started a technology transfer process to introduce this renewable energy water pumping solution to rural Nepali communities. Since the initial pilot projects, Renewable World and CRT/N have developed their capacity to manufacture and implement this technology more widely across Nepal.
The increased access to water improves hygiene and sanitation of households, allows for improved irrigation of crops and the cultivation of high value crops and frees the community, particularly women and young girls, from the burden of travelling huge distances to collect water.
“We do not have to worry any more about falling down and breaking hands and legs on the path to the spring during the monsoon.” – Mrs Sita Dawadi, Treasurer of the Water Users Committee at Sunaula Bazaar.