In June 2012, students and teachers alike gathered in the kitchen at Sambhota Model Gangkyi Day School to watch as representatives from Lha Charitable Trust successfully installed a brand new water filtration system. The filter is an RO+UV+ UF and TTS, considered one of the best filtered water systems available in the area, and was provided by the US-based Himalaya Village Fund. It will provide more than 100 litres of clean and safe drinking water per hour to the 209 students and their 25 teachers and staff members.
The water is to be used not only for drinking but also for cooking, thereby improving the quality of food served at the school. Additionally, a water cooler providing instant hot and cold filtered water was installed with funds provided directly from Lha. We expect that these improvements will help to alleviate some of the waterborne illnesses children commonly suffer from in this region, especially during the monsoon season, and that it will contribute to maintaining a high level of general health among the students.
This is Lha’s second successful installation for its Clean Water Project in the Tibetan refugee community. We have more plans to install filters of this kind throughout the schools and monasteries in the McLeod Ganj area – especially those whose funding does not currently provide for new development projects. We welcome support and contributions from any interested parties wishing to help continue our Clean Water Project.