Australian Embassy Clean Water Project for Jadang Tibetan Herding Community (August 2012)

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Fri Aug 31 14:20:30 UTC 2012


Please see the link above for the final report to a wonderful water project
financed by the Australian Embassy in Beijing.




Nangchukja / Robert


Friendship Charity Association





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We are delighted to report the successful implementation of a running water
project that now provides an adequate supply of clean water to 830 Tibetan
herders (162 households) with 14,000 head of livestock living on 4,000 mu
(267 hectares) of grassland in Jadang Community.


With 107,300RMB (approximately AUD 16,696.75) contributed by the Australian
Embassy on 13 January 2012 and 57,730RMB provided by the local community,
FCA has successfully completed this running water project. The local Water
Bureau and government offered technical support and advice throughout
project implementation.

With the commencement of the project, the Australian Embassy in Beijing
funding for this project was introduced through meetings. This final report
will be publicized online and provided to the local administrative bureau.
With our annual report at the end of 2012, DAP's important contribution will
be recognized and publicized. During project implementation, a local water
expert from the local Water Bureau volunteered, along with several other
local volunteers, and managed and supervised the project, training local
participants in connecting and laying pipe, and instructed in how to repair
future problems, should they occur in future.


For generations, locals living on the grassland traveled two to five
kilometers per single trip from their households to the nearest water
sources. Locals carried plastic water containers and used donkeys to pull
carts to fetch water in old tractor-tire inner tubes and used oil barrels as
water containers. Men sometimes fetched water using motorcycles and
tractor-trailers. Water fetching was generally women's responsibility.
During the snowy and rainy seasons, locals rarely utilized the carts.
Instead, women had to carry ten to twenty-five kilograms of water, while men
herded livestock. When there were storms, locals collected rainwater to


Due to lack of water, many locals rarely washed their clothing or bathed.
Locals were unaware of basic hygiene and sanitation issues. Furthermore,
there were frequent conflicts between neighboring families and communities
in fetching water because watering livestock meant driving livestock across
others' pastures to the water sources, which dramatically degraded pastures
in the high altitude, arid environment where desertification is of growing


With a new DAP-sponsored source of adequate, convenient water, locals save
four to five hours every two days to spend on such other activities as
construction work outside the community, making new clothes for family
members, and so on.


Finally, on behalf of all the local beneficiaries, FCA would like to extend
appreciation to DAP for supporting this wonderful project!


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Before the project brought water to this herding Tibetan community, a
herdsman drives sheep 4 km to water.


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A backhoe digs the water trench.


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The Australian Embassy project brought a plentiful supply of fresh water to
the community's livestock.

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