Water is “the gift of life.” The Pure Water Project is a humanitarian program for the developing world, focusing on: water access, security, purity, rainwater harvesting, and the development of a mindful culture of water use.
In order to sustain life equitably and sustainably, the needs of society and the environment must be met harmoniously. Freshwater aquifers and resources are being depleted in many parts of the world, watersheds are often not managed in sustainable ways, and downstream impacts of water use are often not brought to bear in decisions on use by upstream users. As global human population grows, so too do agrarian and industrial requirements for water use. As many people are overwhelmingly concerned with daily survival, water planning and use is often simply taken for granted or not thought of at all. The impacts of waste and pollution are becoming more apparent with the complexification of modern life, and, due to lack of proper infrastructure, are often completely ignored. Thus rivers, lakes, streams, bays and tidal areas, along with their aquatic life forms, often bear the brunt of modernization. Thus it is ever more crucial that communities develop sustainable water use and practices, and that individuals develop mindfulness and culture around water use. The costs of not doing so are too great.
In the communities where The Pure Water Project has been implemented thus far mortality from malaria, typhoid, gastro-enteritis, hepatitis, and other water borne diseases is down. These diseases affected women and children most. Previously, water borne diseases had been quite prevalent due to contaminated drinking water. The source of water previously was open dug wells, (or pen wells), which frequently got contaminated by dead birds, crows, rodents, and mosquitoes.
As individual communities experienced the introduction of the project, it was reported by the resident clinic doctor that the communities that had clean drinking “tap” water “have had the least morbidity and mortality when compared to communities still using open wells with suspended impurities (man-made or natural). Moreover, these open wells are also the breeding places for the mosquitoes to propagate and spread [malarial] disease.” With the switch to a reservoir system, the breeding ground for mosquitoes has decreased. The doctor’s report clearly shows the benefit and progress of the health and vitality of the local people due to participation in the project.
If you would like to make an online donation, this can be done via the Ripa Ladrang website in the United States: Pure Water Project Donation .
To view a brief video of Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche describing the project, please visit the following link:
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