Sustainability - December 2017

Providing access to water

Employees in Nepal

Geberit has been supporting the Swiss development organisation Helvetas and its water projects for almost a decade. To give its employees an understanding of the projects, Geberit has been sending volunteers to work on a project in Nepal for the past two years.

We mostly know Nepal from illustrated books and documentaries. However, the colourful and breathtaking nature hides the fact that Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries. In mid-November 2017, 15 Geberit employees worked together with villagers on the construction of an urgently needed water supply line in Rautani, a Nepalese village surrounded by terraced fields and unspoilt nature.

«I will never forget the feelings and the images that this volunteering assignment has left me with – Nepal was certainly a thought-provoking experience.»
Marianne Bolz, Geberit Pfullendorf (DE)

A water supply line for the village
The villagers had previously carried water from a faraway well to their homes. In order to save them this arduous walk in future and enable them to access this essential resource directly from taps in front of their homes, the volunteers had to dig a trench for the new water supply line between the spring and the village. Equipped with pickaxes and shovels, the volunteers spent two weeks helping the local village community dig trenches, install the new water supply line and build a reservoir tank. By the time the project was completed, some 7,500 metres of pipe material had been installed and construction of the tank was completed.