Our Past Projects
MAMTA SCHOOL; PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HUMAN RESEARCH FOUNDATION
September 2011 - January 2016
The Human Research Foundation located in Gujarat, India is our first partner organization. Mamta School, a school operated by the Human Research Foundation is Aahana's partner school for approximately 67 deaf and disabled children who come from the poorest villages in Gujarat. These children have been found from these villages and faced with a better life through Mamta School. Their ages range from 5 to 19 years old. In a country where children with disabilities are ignored and treated as burdens, a school like this one provides a life that these children would not be able to have anywhere else. Our work as Aahana helped them with the initial financial funding and network support to continue running.
WATER TO DRINK: DEEP WELL FOR RANI PANI, NEPAL
February 2016 - June 2016
Aahana worked with local volunteers in Rani Pani, Nepal to help fund the development of a deep well. When the fundraiser reached $7,500, Aahana matched the donations!
The What: This fundraiser is to create a deep water well that will supply a sustainable drinking water source for the Nepali Village of Ranipani. Even before the earthquake that destroyed over 60% of the 300 mudc/brick homes in the village, Ranipani has suffered from a severe lack of potable drinking water. Currently, most water comes from two insufficient sources: shallow wells that are quickly used up and plastic water tanks (from 100-5000 liters in size) which are delivered to the village at significant price markups. A deep water well, or drilled bore well, taps the water table and provides acces to the aquifer, a layer of abundant, water-bearing, permeable rock.
The Why: Water is very scarce in Ranipani, with families having to hike up and down a mountain for 5-6 km for the chance of obtaining water. Often, water has to be conserved as wells are dried up. This shortage is especially diffiuclt in the hot summer months. Through my time here, talking to community members, young and old, housing and water have been the major issues. It has a direct effect on the health and sanitation of the village, especially girls and women.
The Where: Ranipani is located roughly 50 km east of Kathmandu, in Kavre District. Access to Ranipani is a 6km walk from the small town of Tin Piple, small outpost off the Araniko highway. Ranipani is a situated on top of a small mountain and tucked in between rolling hills. The village has an almost entirely agricultural economy with roughly 300 households.