In order to get official permission for the project we had to submit a proposal to the Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City Office.
I had gone to their office with Amit and Sian in October and submitted a project outline as requested to the person who had agreed to support us at the beginning of November. Unfortunately, this person left her post within the month, so we returned to the City Office last Monday to re-introduce the project to the Chief of the Social Welfare Division, Mr. Ashok Shrestha. Our project seemed well-received and we were asked to submit a letter of intent on top of the project outline which I did the following day.
If all goes well, we will organize an information session to introduce the overall project to all involved parties including science researchers, workshop artists and potential women participants on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015. The office will help us invite interested women volunteers from Chyasal, Sundhara, Bagalamukhi and Mangalbazar, which researches from OUCRU-Nepal have identified as neighborhoods most at risk of enteric disease due to contaminated water, and we will invite interested science researchers from Patan hospital, and the two workshop lead artists, Mahima and Bidhata.