ShaMa Foundation Reaches Rural Bhutan, Helps To Provide Potable Water To Remote Villages

Email

The program aims to provide access to safe drinking water in remote and challenging geographies in Bhutan.

(Source: Facebook/SparklingShaMa)

 

By Tshering | Business Bhutan

The ShaMa foundation which has been active since 2015, is an international non–profit organisation dedicated to social welfare, education and health care. It was incorporated into the Shudh Program in Bhutan in June 2017.

What does the Shudh Program aim to do in Bhutan?

The program aims to provide access to safe drinking water in remote and challenging geographies in Bhutan. It also strives to achieve this through the installation of clean water storage tanks supported by water purifiers.

 

                               Source: Facebook/SparklingShaMa

 

The Shudh Program also aims to minimise water-borne infections caused by contaminated drinking water. Projects under the program are supporting communities in far-flung areas by providing them access to safe drinking water and thereby protecting young children from healthcare issues.

The Shudh Program was initiated based on the inputs received from the community; along with that the foundation also came across news articles concerning how adverse weather conditions during the summer and monsoon seasons had impacted the water sources of some rural communities.

 

Source: Facebook/SparklingShaMa

 

The ShaMa foundation received requests from multiple schools in Bhutan that were in urgent need of water purifiers to safeguard their students’ health, as their water source had been contaminated due to weather conditions. This initiated the rapid roll out of the Shudh Program.

Achievements of the Shudh Program so far

The Shudh Program has executed around 20 projects and equipped schools, Extended Class Rooms (ECRs), Early Childhood Care and Development Centres (ECCDs) with facilities as per specific needs of the location – like Gravity Water Purifiers, Electric Water Purifiers, Water Storage Tanks with up to 1000l capacity, along with plumbing supplies.

 

Source: Facebook/SparklingShaMa

 

It has also supported communities across 10 dzongkhags (Chukha, Dagana, Lhuentse, Mongar, Pema Gatshel, Samtse, Sarpang, Trashiyangtse, Trongsa, and Wangduephodrang).

The foundation is also running programs in the developing and underdeveloped world, supporting people living in challenging geographies and remote terrains with limited infrastructure. It has active presence in Bhutan, India, the Suriname and the United States.

Contributions by the ShaMa Foundation in Bhutan

The ShaMa Foundation communicates through social media with community members like teachers, local administration, social entrepreneurs and start-ups. RFS (Request For Support) received from community is shared with the Team of Volunteers in Thimphu, who reaches out to the Initiator of the RFS.

The cause is supported by social networks across large multinational corporations in India, Europe and the US. The Shudh Program has four other programs (Swach, Saraswati, Sanjeevani and Sampark).

 

Source: Facebook/SparklingShaMa

 

Currently, the ShaMa Foundation started a new pilot project called “Village Hub” under the umbrella of the Sampark Program. It is established at Gangla village under the Khoma gewog in Lhuentse.

The program has one single room at the ground floor of a two storey house which is equipped with water purifiers, LED lights, games like carrom board, ludo, chess, chinese checkers and a library nook.

This special multi-year pilot is focused on gradually introducing more and more facilities in the rural areas. This will help to access its impact on rural-urban migration over time.

 

This article first appeared in Business Bhutan and has been edited for the Bhutan Times.

 

 

 


Related Posts

Thruebab Or Blessed Rainy Day Held In Bhutan To Cleanse Bad Karma...

Also known as the ‘Blessed Rainy Day’ in Bhutan, it is a holiday which marks the end of the monsoon season.

Sep 23, 2018 17:31

Tsirang Initiates A Ban On Plastic Bags While Encouraging The Use...

The dzongkhag administration has agreed to set up a stall where vendors and customers can buy biodegradable bags and...

Jun 12, 2018 15:48

Insight Into UNICEF’s Work In Bhutan Since 1974 – The Results So...

UNICEF’s work in Bhutan began in 1974 to improve the lives of children, youth and women in Bhutan.

Oct 11, 2018 16:56

Meet Gomchen Wangchuk - Recognised By UNICEF As The Man Who...

Together with support from the Bhutanese government, Bhutan Salt Enterprises (BSE) contributed to IDD-elimination.

May 27, 2018 20:16

Study Finds Homestays And Eco-tourism Helped Preserve Bhutan’s...

The evaluation found that 98 percent of the homestays used exclusive traditional products like local food products and...

Aug 25, 2018 16:17

Woman In Bhutan Seeks To Set Up Greenhouse Project To Help Single...

Tshering Lhamo said that once her project proposal is ready, she will apply for a loan to realise her dream embarking on...

Sep 07, 2018 16:58

Latest

News

Bhutan’s Internet Addiction Rate Among The Highest In The Southeast Asian Region

According to a study conducted by a team of doctors, at least four out of 10 adolescents are addicted to the internet in Bhutan.

Nov 14, 2018 13:16

11 Things To Know About Bhutan's New Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering

Dr Lotay is the president of the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) party that won 30 of the 47 seats in Bhutan’s third general election held on Oct...

Nov 13, 2018 10:20

Features

Waste Paper Recycling Unit In Bhutan Employs Ex-Drug And Alcohol Addicts

The waste paper recycling unit also manages waste, helps to keep the environment clean and reduces the import of egg trays by 50 percent.

Nov 17, 2018 14:34

Laya Central School Faces Infrastructure Constraints For Its First Batch Of Students In 2019

The current infrastructure that caters to classes up to the eighth grade was built more than two decades ago.

Nov 15, 2018 13:54

Sports

Female Archer Dorji Dema Hopes To Inspire More Women To Take Up Archery In Bhutan

Dorji Dema, a mother of three is among the first women in Bhutan to play in an archery tournament.

Nov 05, 2018 08:11

Bhutanese Bagged Gold In Both Men And Women’s Category In The Scenic But Gruelling Laya Run

In a gruelling race where both locals and foreigners participated, Bhutanese won gold medals in both the men and women’s category.

Oct 24, 2018 18:01

Business

According To The World Bank, Bhutan Ranked 81st In Ease Of Doing Business Report 2019

The rankings were determined by sorting the aggregate scores on 10 parameters, each consisting of several indicators.

Nov 05, 2018 15:45

Bhutan’s First Entrepreneurship Festival Held In Thimphu To Foster The Spirit Of Innovation

A book entitled “Entrepreneur Stories” was also launched at the opening of the festival. The stories are expected to encourage young...

Oct 29, 2018 15:48

Travel

Discover The Wonders Of The Black-Necked Crane Festival – A Day Devoted To These Graceful Birds In Bhutan

This unique festival will leave a lasting impression on you. With more than a hundred villagers participating, see the fascinating masked...

Nov 09, 2018 21:39

The Theme Of Bhutan’s Jhomolhari Festival 2018 - Living In Harmony With The Ghost of High Mountains

The theme of this year’s festival 'Living in Harmony with the Ghost of High Mountains' is centred on the conservation of the elusive yet...

Nov 02, 2018 16:20

Lifestyle

Exploring The Usage Of Minerals In Traditional Bhutanese Medicine

One of the challenges in the usage of minerals as ingredients in traditional medicine is the rarity of minerals.

Nov 16, 2018 15:58

17th Annual National Design and Art Competition Held In Thimphu To Showcase Bhutanese Art

The competition had three categories – gho, kira and embroidery before 2017. Since then, two new categories - traditional painting and...

Nov 13, 2018 17:24

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!