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The Tibetan Development Assistance Trust provided 20,950 RMB to fund a running water project in Wotu Laga Nunnery and Nyimapa Practitioner’s Temple, Xunxian Township, Hualong County, Haidong Region, Qinghai Province. Since November 2011, both the nunnery and temple have had running water taps. The nunnery and the temple historically lacked running water and obtaining water was very difficult. Nuns and practitioners’ saved time spent collecting water can now be spent on such other activities as chanting and religious studies.

People from four villages contributed labour, stones, and sand; and nuns and Nyimapa practitioners contributed a total of 100 RMB in cash for the project. Villagers enthusiastically participated in the project, transporting sand and stone, digging the ditches, and pouring concrete for the water box. In total, the local labour contribution may be valued at 21,400 RMB. This project wonderfully testifies to the Tibetan Development Assistance Trust’s good will and has made a powerful positive difference in the lives of Wutu Laga nuns and Nyimapa practitioners.

Project aims realized, compared with original aims of the project:

  • Before the running water project, nuns and Nyimapa practitioners fetched water from streams branching off the main river, which is unclean and untreated. Now the nuns and practitioners have water from a clean spring.

  • Before the project, nuns and Nyimapa practitioners fetched water about 700 meters away; a time and energy consuming activity. Now the nuns and practitioners have their own water taps in front of their own temple.

  • Much water is needed for making water offerings in bowls on a daily basis. Providing this water is easier today, thanks to the project.

  • Before the project, the river flooded frequently in summer, covering small streams. Soil, stones, and other debris carried by the river during summer made the river appear dirty and the nuns and Nyimapa practitioners did not want to drink such water. If unable to locate small streams that seem clear, the had to go to the nearest village to fetch water, which is three to four kilometres away. The project has changed this situation and nuns and practitioners no longer face such difficulties.