Volunteers Being Sought For Community-Based Plumbing Projects

Nepalese schools and Navajo Indian Reservation homes will be the recipients of much-needed plumbing upgrades in upcoming projects being headed by the International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation

The International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) has two upcoming projects that it is still seeking volunteers for.

“Water, sanitation and plumbing are vital to global health,” says Dain Hansen, managing director of IWSH. “Both are continuations of existing programs: strengthening new and existing partnerships and ensuring that real, long-term benefit for the host communities — in terms of improved access to water and sanitation enhancing living environments, impacting public health, and stopping people getting sick — is being achieved. We encourage any interested parties, whether they are young students and apprentices, experienced professional contractors, or larger companies and manufacturers, to get in touch and let us know how they would like to get involved.”

Two schools in Nepal will be the recipients of work occurring in May. (Photo from IWSH)
Two schools in Nepal will be the recipients of work occurring in May. (Photo from IWSH)

The first project represents another step in the IWSH partnership with the Nepal Village Health Improvement Program, from Australian non-profit Healthabitat O/S. Scheduled for the end of May, the assignment will focus on completion of new water supply, hand washing, toilets and waste disposal systems for Laangarche Lapse School and Pancha Kanya School, which are located a short distance apart in the mountainous Sindhupalchok region northeast of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.

IWSH will assign two volunteer plumbers to this latest Healthabitat O/S project. All international travel plus local transfers, accommodation and board for the duration of the project will be fully sponsored for the selected candidates. 

“IWSH and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials have supported our work in Nepal in various ways for the last six years, and during that time they have provided a constant flow of skilled and hard-working tradespeople from all over the world to lead plumbing and other construction aspects of our projects,” says Dave Donald, program manager for Healthabitat O/S. “The technical expertise and energy these volunteers bring to our teams is invaluable, and we look forward to welcoming the next pairing to Sindhupalchok because the two selected school sites are in great need. Their work is going to be greatly appreciated for the impact it will ultimately make on general public health in the surrounding community.”

In June, work will help families of the Navajo Indian Reservation. (Photo from IWSH)
In June, work will help families of the Navajo Indian Reservation. (Photo from IWSH)

The second upcoming project takes workers back to the Navajo Indian Reservation, the site of last year’s Community Plumbing Challenge. For last year’s project — a partnership with U.S. Water Prize-winning nonprofit DigDeep — a team of more than 30 tradespeople from around the world came together to deliver running water, safe wastewater disposal and a range of other building renovations to 10 households across the Baca-Prewitt chapter in the area surrounding Thoreau, New Mexico. This next collaboration is slated for early June and will see a newly assembled international trades team support DigDeep’s newest community outreach across the remote region of Navajo Mountain, on the Arizona-Utah state border.

“Navajo Mountain is the next challenge in DigDeep’s mission to bring safe, running water and sanitation to the people of the Navajo Nation, who represent just a fraction of the 1.6 million people across the United States today who still live without,” says Emma Robbins, Navajo Water project director for DigDeep. “Our developing partnership with IWSH and its Community Plumbing Challenge program is raising the standard and quality of the home water installations we are providing, helping improve maintenance procedures, and creating further education and training opportunities. We are sharing new skills, new ideas, new perspectives … and all of these are vital as we progress together toward our next community partnership with the Navajo Mountain chapter.”

Click here to learn more about volunteering for the work in Nepal.

Click here to learn more about getting involved in the work for Navajo Nation.


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