A New Source of Water for the School
Water is a scarce resource in this high desert. It determines the success, or failure, of food production.
Currently, there is one water supply pipe to the village; it supports domestic needs, irrigation needs and the school. The village has complained that the school takes too much of this precious resource. Pema has located a new spring in the mountain, and would like to run a new pipe from there to the school. He has asked for financial assistance from us.
Saldang had no snowfall in the winter of 2015/16 so the water situation is much more desperate than normal. The Saldang La (La is a high altitude pass) also had no snow, normally the snow is so deep that the pass is closed for several months.
When there is not enough water, there is not enough to eat
‘Both malnutrition and inadequate water supply and sanitation are linked to poverty.’
– World Health Organization