I got back to Nuwakot this week and found out that Prithvi had re-opened, (the same day I returned), for the completion of a WASH, (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) program. There was such a nice small group of volunteers that I said I was up for volunteering for a couple of days before I went back up to Bachchhala.
My Bee Sting
I spent one day on site…. loved it… got stung by a bee… had an allergic reaction to both the sting and the medication… then got knocked out of action for the week.
In total I must have spent about 2 weeks with the group and loved every minute of it. Not only did we have loads of fun on site, our evenings were normally quite eventful and our access to good food was plentiful.
On site we were constructing 3 things, a septic tank, soak pits and the toilet block. When I left we had finished the soak pits, almost finished the septic tank and had just started the walls to the toilet block. I think the project took about 6 weeks in total to complete.
My amazing Team
A special shout out to Team Exotic And Dances, (who may or may not have formed after my departure).
Prithvi WASH Team!
The Soak Pits
The excavator had already dug us out a nice pit, unfortunately it wasn’t deep, long or wide enough so we had to spend a few days digging away to move out the excess dirt.
The Septic Tank
Luckily the hole for the septic tank was just right, mostly we just had to assist the masons by ensuring they had enough bricks and masala – lots of sand sifting and hand mixing in the heat!
Septic Tank Hole
Building The Septic Tank
The Toilet Block
I didn’t have a lot to do with this at the start as Neha and Karla did such a good job at tracing out the building ready for us to install rebar and pour the foundations. Again a lot of this work was masala mixing!
I really enjoyed my time on site. The team was amazing, hard working and a lot of fun. We would eat snacks at chiya and get to order anything we wanted at lunch! – a luxury compared to Bachchhala. Chicken Kaja set was by far my favourite.
We also had our fair share of crazy locals who would pop up and lend a hand throughout the day.
Being close to the town our evenings were not as limited as they were up in Bachchhala. We could easily pick up great food, sometimes ordering take away and other times cooking for ourselves. (I even found ways to get free cheese!) Wojtek discovered the local tailor, Steph became a hairdresser, Nabaraj would dance the night away and Praj was… well Praj.
I went back to Prithvi and took this picture of the completion. The team did an absolutely amazing job and it was a shame to leave them, however Bachchhala is my Nepali home and after a while it was calling me back.