The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) recently helped construct a new water distribution system in Ratamate, Nepal, a remote village that was hard hit by last year’s earthquakes.
One of Nepal’s top government officials recently visited the Food for People (FFP) facility in Nepal, giving it a superlative evaluation and recognizing its volunteers’ role in rescuing the community’s water supply.
“One year later, I am proud to report that WaterAid has successfully established two well mechanic shops in Kako and Ghosi blocks in the Jehanabad district of Bihar. As of February 29th, 12 new mechanics have repaired 85 hand pumps, restoring access to clean water for 12,386 people in need!” Becky Straw, co-founder of The Adventure Project, an organization dedicated to helping people have access to clean water.
We observe from the back of an open-air classroom the teacher announcing our arrival. Children, perhaps five years old, stand and sing a song they have memorized for class. They are learning to speak, read and write English to best prepare them for the future. It is soon time for lunch, and the students head to the outdoor sink to wash their hands. Each child receives a generous portion of rice, broth, vegetables and meat or fish. Patrick says they are growing like bamboo shoots. Most of the children arrive at CCF very stunted in height for their age with many health issues. They sit together at communal tables enjoying one another’s company instead of having to fight over food. The children have formed relationships of trust with one another. Their smiles and laughter are proof.
After visiting Niger as a tourist in January, 2000, Bess Palmisciano, a lawyer by trade, founded the non-profit RAIN for the Sahel and Sahara to address the needs of these people. She is a very hands-on director of the organization and was recently honored as one of New Hampshire’s “Most Remarkable Women of the World 2011” for her work in Niger.