During our June 2017 trip, we visited six villages in total in Qinghai. In order to assess the success of two completed VPP projects, we visited Dongxiu Village and Zhali Mao Village. The remaining four villages we visited were Jila, Wanjia, Wamao Tang, and Jilaga Village, all of which are in the beginning process of launching the solar bathhouse project.
Very satisfying to see that work on VPP’s Solar Bathrooms project in Dongxiu Village has been progressing steadily, with many of the bathrooms now completed. Our pictures show Mr Wande, and Mr Wanma Lengzhi and his relatives completing their building work earlier this year. Mrs Dorma Ji is in her family’s completed bathroom, which will provide clean hot water and sanitation for 6 people, while Mr Tsering and his grandson show off their family’s newly completed bathroom.
Lots of great progress to report from our three villages in Qinghai province, Luma, Dongxiu and Sasuma, all of which achieved full funding for their solar bathroom projects earlier this year. This meant we were able to complete the purchase of all the building materials and solar heaters needed for the installations to be completed.
Our pictures show villagers from Luma unloading their newly delivered heaters, Mr Caidan and his family hard at work on their bathroom, and Mr Aojian completing the building work on his own bathroom, ready for final installation of the plumbing and solar heaters.
During our recent visit to Haidong Region, Qinghai we called in at some of the villages we have already funded. These pics are from Sasuma, our first Solar Bathrooms project which will provide hot running water and proper washing facilities for 110 households. We visited 10 wonderful families whose bathrooms were already working, the rest had already completed the structures were waiting until after CNY to install the solar panels.
Degang is the latest village to apply for funding for solar bathrooms from VPP and our partner Lotus Charity Association. Conditions are very challenging. Bathrooms with showers, and hot water for washing, cooking and mixing animal feed - produced by the solar panels we are installing - really do change lives in this remote area.
Most families have now finished the building work on their bathrooms in Sasuma.
After we've installed the first batch of Solar water heaters before Chinese New Year, they will have enough hot water for 3-4 showers a day. And they won't need to heat water for washing clothes and dishes and mixing with pig feed over their indoor wood fires.
We are now fundraising for solar bathrooms for individual houses in four Tibetan villages in Hualong County, Qinghai Province PRC. The villagers currently have no hot water or bathing facilities, leading to serious health problems from poor hygiene, and from the effects of fumes caused by heating water over wood fires.
Our partner is locally based Lotus Charity Association, who have an impressive track record with similar projects in the area. We have already raised funds to start work in the first village, Sasuma - home to these villagers.