AUSTRALIA EMBASSY FUNDED CLEAN WATER PROJECT FOR JADANG TIBETAN HERDING COMMUNITY


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We are delighted to report the successful implementation of a running water project that now provides an adequate supply of clean water to 830 Tibetan herders (162 households) with 14,000 head of livestock living on 4,000 mu (267 hectares) of grassland in Jadang Community.

With 107,300RMB (approximately AUD 16,696.75) contributed by the Australian Embassy on 13 January 2012 and 57,730RMB provided by the local community, FCA has successfully completed this running water project. The local Water Bureau and government offered technical support and advice throughout project implementation.

With the commencement of the project, the Australian Embassy in Beijing funding for this project was introduced through meetings. This final report will be publicized online and provided to the local administrative bureau. With our annual report at the end of 2012, DAP's important contribution will be recognized and publicized. During project implementation, a local water expert from the local Water Bureau volunteered, along with several other local volunteers, and managed and supervised the project, training local participants in connecting and laying pipe, and instructed in how to repair future problems, should they occur in future.

For generations, locals living on the grassland traveled two to five kilometers per single trip from their households to the nearest water sources. Locals carried plastic water containers and used donkeys to pull carts to fetch water in old tractor-tire inner tubes and used oil barrels as water containers. Men sometimes fetched water using motorcycles and tractor-trailers. Water fetching was generally women’s responsibility. During the snowy and rainy seasons, locals rarely utilized the carts. Instead, women had to carry ten to twenty-five kilograms of water, while men herded livestock. When there were storms, locals collected rainwater to drink.

Due to lack of water, many locals rarely washed their clothing or bathed. Locals were unaware of basic hygiene and sanitation issues. Furthermore, there were frequent conflicts between neighboring families and communities in fetching water because watering livestock meant driving livestock across others' pastures to the water sources, which dramatically degraded pastures in the high altitude, arid environment where desertification is of growing concern.

With a new DAP-sponsored source of adequate, convenient water, locals save four to five hours every two days to spend on such other activities as construction work outside the community, making new clothes for family members, and so on.

Finally, on behalf of all the local beneficiaries, FCA would like to extend appreciation to DAP for supporting this wonderful project!

Nangchukja / Robert

Director

Friendship Charity Association

www.friendshipcharity.org



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Before the project brought water to this herding Tibetan community, a herdsman drives sheep 4 km to water.

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A backhoe digs the water trench.


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The Australian Embassy project brought a plentiful supply of fresh water to the community's livestock.

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