What color is water?
“Black”. That is how many children in Nepal perceive water. Like the protagonist of Color of Water, the short film by Sabin Maharjan, winner of the We Art Water Film Festival 4 in the micro-fiction category. The Himalayan country, which is home to the headwaters of the main rives in southern Asia, has severe supply problems for its population.
In Color of Water, humor serves to ironically denounce the unacceptable situation in many countries, such as Nepal, where urban development has failed to take into consideration the water supply to citizens.
Sabin Maharjan was inspired by the life of many schoolchildren in the capital Kathmandu, his home town, who experience the daily reality of the poor quality of water and poor sanitation. Around 150 tons of waste are generated in the city every day and dumped uncontrollably into the rivers. A population of over one and half million inhabitants lives around the city and according to the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Government of Nepal, one in five families does not have access to a domestic water source and two thirds of the households live with an inadequate water supply.
The We Are Water Foundation collaborated with World Vision in a project with the aim of supplying water cans that allowed around 1,500 families to transport and store water to survive. The Foundation also collaborated with Oxfam International on another project to provide water and sanitation for those affected by the earthquake.Even today, the consequences of that natural disaster are visible, but experience has allowed the development of less vulnerable supply and sanitation systems, and the design of more effective intervention protocols in the country with the highest and purest water sources in the world.