Shree Ram Adharbud Drinking Water Project: The International Youth Mobilization for Social Service Program

In 2001, the Lions Club of Pokhara Annapurna began a deworming program, to detect protozoa and other worms, which are transmitted by contaminated drinking water. We discovered that approximately 70% of students in the Pokhara valley have serious diseases because of contaminated water. Since then, we have attempted to combat this issue in multiple ways. We have held many health camps to screen and treat children and adults for worms. We have also distributed 70 water purification machines in different government schools. However, this was found to be an insufficient long term solution, due to the maintenance requirements of these machines.

Therefore, we have come up with a new vision, and the International Youth Mobilization for Social Service Program has begun. This program entails building heavy duty water tanks underground. These tanks will last at least 100 years, which means children will have a continuous supply of clean water. Norwood Secondary College, in Australia, has partnered with us to install these tanks at the Shree Ram Adharbud School. Norwood Secondary College students have also repainted the Shree Ram Adharbud school buildings. 

This program is designed to encourage the younger international generation to get involved in social service. It has the added benefit of facilitating cultural exchanges between Nepal and other countries. Installing clean water supply systems has a huge and lasting impact for our school students. This has also been an eye opening experience for our partner volunteers, who have become aware of how Lions help those people in need.

Narchyang Project Photos

Photos from the Narchyang Health Post Project currently in progress.

Narchyang Health Post Construction

Location: Narchyang VDC, Magdi District
Institution: Lions Club of Pokhara Annapurna
Project: Narchyang Health Project

About Narchyang Village

Narchyang VDC is a VDC located at Myagdi District in Nepal. The VDC is a multi ethnic and naturally gifted place. The VDC is approximately 321 square kilometres and has a population of 1817, with 349 houses. Health services are a basic necessity and the right of every individual.

Present situation

Narchyang VDC has no Health Post and currently provides health services out of two small rooms in the VDC building. The community has donated land at the site of the old school. Narchyang VDC has a village Health Care Committee and two health workers trained in Pokhara. The need of a Health Post in Narchyang VDC is inarguable. Therefore, the Lions Club of Pokhara Annapurna has taken on the responsibility of coordinating this project. Accordingly, we set about finding a donor. The American Nepal Medical Foundation (ANMF) USA has generously provided 3,170,225.25 rupees for this project. The rest of the funds will be raised through local contributions and our own club fundraising.

The budgeted cost of a one storey health post with six rooms is approximately 3,425,189 rupees. We are hoping to start this project immediately.