Track My Electricity is supporting Renewable World, a NGO tackling poverty using renewable energy, to implement a project in Nepal using solar-powered water pumps to give access to potable water in 9 schools in the Gulmi District – improving school access and inclusivity to more than 3000 children. Additionally, the project aims to upgrade the school sanitisation and hygiene facilities with designed accesses for children with disabilities, ensuring users privacy and dignity. The project also aims to increase children hygiene knowledge and practices leading to health improvements in the communities.
The renewable project will benefit two municipalities in Gumli, Nepal, a district that only has a 65% access to the national grid (NEA, 2013) and where children are at high risk of abandoning school. This remote region is located high above water sources, causing lack of potable water access and inadequate sanitation and hygiene facilities for the communities. Poor water access and hygiene facilities impact school attendances for children in Gumli by forcing them to carry heavy drinking water to school for up to 1,5 hours a day. Unreliable water access cause poor hygiene at schools, such as toilets falling into disrepair and inability for children to pursue decent hygiene practices – increasing diseases among children. Typhoid, Amoebic Dysentery and Cholera are endemic in the Gumli district, inhibiting child growth and educational attainment. Low level of school attendance caused by poor water access has dramatic consequence in children possibilities to escape from poverty.
Track My Electricity is helping implement solar-powered water pumps in Gulmi, Nepal that would increase school attendance for girls and disable students, school retention and health improvements for all – improving children access to education and supporting their future.