“Kathmandu: What is the Worth of a Well?”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery knew the power of water in an arid land.  “What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince in Saint-Exupery’s 1943 classic, Le Petit Prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well.”  In Shanti Sewa Griha Leper Clinic and Rehabilitation Centre, the interior courtyard’s three-tiered well is both the physical and emotional centre of the community space. It is also available to everyone, including the people who live in the slum next door to the leper clinic.

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