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What is this project all about?
GlobeMed at the University of Colorado at Boulder is supporting our partner, Himalayan Healthcare,
in their effort to build latrines and cook stoves in one of three remote villages in Nepal: Dhading, Dolakha and Ilam.
What is the problem with the current cook stoves and latrines?
Presently, the cook stoves contribute to the following concerns…
Respiratory issues caused by excess and lingering smoke inside the house
Wasted time spent collecting wood from distant forests
Existing latrines are either non-existent or dilapidated which cause…
Human waste to travel down slope during monsoon season
Pits are large enough to fall into
Health problems associated with standing waste
Ex. Bacteria accumulation can lead to diarrhea
What is the solution?
Himalayan Healthcare (HHC) works to provide new innovations in latrine and cook stoves for rural Nepal communities. The new latrines cost about$140 to build for a family of four for 15 years. Approximately $100-120 of the total cost is used to buy and transport (by porter) steel from the nearest city– up to a 3-day trek! HHC has sponsored 15 latrines to date. After 15 years of use, the family can remove the concrete slab and scoop out any remaining waste and use it for fertilization.
The new cook stoves channel all of the smoke outside of the house, create jobs and burn wood more efficiently. It costs approximately $14 to build a cook stove. They are made of clay bricks that are dried in the sun and then pasted together with mud.
HHC provides the labor and materials for construction of both latrines and cook stoves. However, HHC requires families to pay a portion of the total cost, which invests the families in using either the latrine or cook stove.
How can I support this project?
GlobeMed’s at CU’s Razoo link is available for donations. Feel free to choose from the preset amounts or enter a custom amount.
You can also write a check payable to GlobeMed at CU Boulder and send it to:
1669 Euclid Avenue
Boulder, CO 80309
Again, Please indicate the name of the GlobeMed member that sent you your email in the memo section.
HHC could not sustain the construction of latrins and cook stoves to improve the lives of Nepali villagers, both short and long term without your help.
Thank you again for supporting these communities!