NEPAL STORIES

Making it crystal clear

THE JOURNEY

Within its rugged mountain peaks, Nepal harbours the second largest freshwater resource in the world. This makes it even more startling to consider that particularly in this country more than half of the population does not have access to safe drinking water. Glacier water flows down from great heights, but it does not reach all the Nepalese people and, to make matters worse, is polluted by waste being dumped in it. And this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of issues resulting from a lack of infrastructure. This makes Nepal seem like a nightmare, but quite the opposite is true. It is the land of unlimited dreams – because local Changemakers turn problems into opportunities. In order to provide information on the challenges and solutions, a motley crew of storytellers will travel to Nepal. They will follow the river upstream along the Himalayan mountain ridges in search of the source dreams spring from.

ABOUT

With both a private limited company and a Foundation to its name, Dopper represents a new type of business operation which not only aims at economic profit, but also at societal gains. Each year, approximately 8 million kilo tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans. Dopper wants to turn the tide with reusable water bottles to prevent the use of disposable ones. Of the net turnover, 5% is donated to the Dopper Foundation and invested in solutions that go beyond the bottle. And because clean drinking water is vital if you want to replace bottled water with a sustainable alternative, Dopper Foundation also invests in safe drinking water. Ever since the first bottle was produced, Dopper Foundation has donated to the Simavi drinking water projects in Nepal. In order to investigate what this money is used for and to see if it helps to solve structural problems, we will be travelling to Nepal. We want to understand the water and plastic situation in Nepal better and meet local Changemakers: pioneers who see opportunities in problems, the people who inspire change.

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