Sunday, 19th of July, 2015, Kathmandu
"Before this, we never had any drinking water problems", said 52-year old Sanubabu Mijar of Kavre. 90 Dalit people have been living with their families in Jothpokhari, Mahadevsthan-3 of Kavre. It was a very peaceful place prior to the quake. In Baisakh 12th, the massive earthquake shattered the peace around these people and destroyed their houses, which eventually resulted in despair. Even during the difficult times, they were able to find some hope with the availability of drinking water. In Baisakh 29th, this hope ended when their primary source of water supply dried up.
Now just to get one jar of water, these people are compelled to walk up to 3 hours. Not only that, these people has to use the water from an old lake from their village itself to feed their animals. They are concerned about whether this lake water is harmful to their animals as they are their only hope for survival now. If their animals get diseases, then the people would likely also catch them, which would create additional problems to their health.
People in those areas are forced to work for other people in order to make a brighter future for their children. Therefore, the 3 hours it takes to get a jar of drinking water makes it a lot harder for them to make their daily living. Mr. Sanubabu says, "Previously, it used to hurt when people used to call us Dalit's, now we are worried of not getting proper water to drink."
This is not the first case on the negative impression of the public towards the non-governmental organizations. People who are keen on working for the benefit of the community through different organizations also face similar kind of accusations. These accusations and allegations will continue unless the civil societies are accountable on the road to their duties and responsibilities.