Kabilash, Nuwakot District, Nepal Water Project

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Kabilash, Nuwakot District, Nepal Water Project

The village of Kabilash, Nuwakot District, Nepal is approximately 3 hours North of the capital city of Kathmandu. There are approximately 200 residents in this rural farming community where they suffered devastating impacts from the 2015 earthquake. The surface water system they relied on was badly damaged and the residents needed to fetch water by bucket from the closest spring, one mile away. There is a school in the village that serves 400 children from the surrounding area that was also badly damaged and the school is the primary destination where we planned to first deliver clean drinking water.

Our team arrived in Nepal on May 8, 2016. With just 10 days in Nepal our team met with water pipe suppliers, arranged for delivery, coordinated with workers, walked the project site and recorded detailed information on the terrain. We established relationships with the local people and explored some of the surrounding area where we identified six new future projects. We raised $10,000 to fund this project. Following the death of Eric Miessau, the 21 year-old son of co-founder Rick Miessau, we are now dedicating this project in Eric's memory. Please visit our Paypal link or contact us about making a donation directly to our account to avoid service fees and overhead costs. Our local coordinator, Madhav Pandey made a trip to Nepal in September 2015 to visit family and assess the conditions in Kabilash and he made contacts with the local leaders in Kabilash. Following a 6 month delay due to political and trade disputes between Nepal and India we are back on track and started the project in May. With support from the local community we were able to work side- by-side and witness construction of a concrete spring box (cat man) and installation of the first 1,000 ft of pipe. We designated a local resident to be the project manager and provided funding for construction of a new water storage tank in accordance with an approved design by the Nepal Department of Water Supply. Installation of 4,500ft of water pipe was completed within one week. The water tank was completed by the villagers within 30 days after we returned home from our visit and it is now in use.



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For phase II of the Kabilash project we dedicated an additional $2,200 to purchase an additional 4,000ft of pipe which now supplies drinking water to five remote locations of the lower Kabilash village. The national Nepali government provided 16 water meters which the villagers installed to monitor water consumption. The people of Kabilash are proud to be one of the first rural villages in Nepal to comply with the new water standards. It's very rewarding to know we helped this village and they are now taking control of their water situation and are continuing to make improvements.
What's next? We have a letter from the citizens from a village close to Kabilash who are requesting our help. The village is in the lower valley about 1.5 miles down river from Kabilash and at the bottom of the valley 100 meters up from the river. Currently people walk to the river several times a day to fetch water in buckets. The lower caste who live in this area of the village have never received assistance and we hope to help them on our next visit in 2017. We are scoping a system and cost for a solution in the lower valley. We are assessing the needs and we will evaluate our ability to take this on as our next project.
We gladly accept all size donations to our water projects. We are a 501(c)(3) tax deductible charity organization.

Recap of Phase I Project Efforts

Phase I of the project was a plan to repair the water system that was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake, We raised $10,000 travel to Nepal, purchase 4,500 feet of HDPE pipe, fittings, construct a water tank and repair the water system in the village. We established contacts with a local representative from Nepal and a leader in Kabilash. We received commitments from the village leaders to participate and a commitment from the villagers to provide labor. The water system now delivers clean drinking water serving about 440 children who attend school in the village and for 200 people who live in the village.

Project Outline

This project provided us an opportunity to put all our experience and organizational efforts into action.

  • We scoped out the project and determined the needs, capabilities of the locals and availability of material.
  • We designed a surface water system to carry water from the closest spring and deliver it to a storage tank in the center of the village.
  • We sent a four person team from our organization to the site to see first hand, participate in the start of the project, inspect the site and photograph the results.
  • We purchased 4,500 feet of HDPE pipe and fittings in Nepal and had it delivered to the project site.
  • We designated a local leader and local team to install the system.
  • We collaborated with the people of the village, seeking a new water source, selecting a path for the pipe, laying the pipe, constructing a spring box and selecting a location for the water tank.
  • We plan to return in approximately 10 months to inspect the final results and hopefully expand the project to serve the surrounding communities of over 2,000 people.

Action Plan

  • raise funds
  • design system
  • order and deliver supplies
  • installation
  • verification

Team

Rick M. - Project Manager
Madhav P. - Nepali Coordinator
Jeff N. - Chief Engineer
Cordella M. - Lead Geographer

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Project Summary

The project was a total success. After six months of planning within two weeks after arriving in Nepal we purchased our supplies, established important contacts, met with the people in Kabilash, built a spring box, laid pipe and started construction of the water tank. After returning to the USA we received photos three weeks later verifying the water tank was completed and water was restored to the school for 440 children. Not only did we meet the goals of the project we established strong relationships with the people of Kabilash, drivers, hotel owners, vendors and we had an personal introduction to the culture of Nepal. Our goals were met, our methods stood the test and the people of Kabilash are now maintaining and expanding the system on their own.

Read More in the Project Report

What We Learned

We learned the people of Kabilash, Nepal are a close cooperative of people in need of assistance improving their access to clean drinking water. The villagers enthusiastically volunteered their services, access to land, on-hand supplies, and hospitality. The area has received no support since the 2015 earthquake. The school provides education to 440 students from the surrounding villages, some students walk 2 hours each way to attend class. The village is very remote and is only accessible by a steep dirt road 3 hours outside Kathmandu. Given the right contacts it is possible to execute a small project in 7-days.

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The Project

Images of the spring box and pipe installation from Nepal, May 2016.



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Welcome Ceremony

Images of the welcome ceremony in Kabilash Nepal, May 2016.



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Jomson

Images from the field trip to Jomson Nepal, May 2016.



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The People of Nepal

Photos of the people of Nepal, May 2016.



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  • What We Did

    The project was a total success. After six months of planning within two weeks after arriving in Nepal we purchased our supplies, established important contacts, met with the people in Kabliash, built a spring box, laid pipe and started construction of the water tank. Three weeks later the water tank was completed and water was restored to the school for 440 children.

  • What We Learned

    We learned the people of Kabilash, Nepal are a close cooperative of people in need of assistance improving their access to clean drinking water. The villagers enthusiastically volunteered their services, access to land, on-hand supplies, and hospitality. The area has received no support since the 2015 earthquake. The school provides education to 440 students from the surrounding villages, some students walk 2 hours each way to attend class. The village is very remote and is only accessible by a steep dirt road 3 hours outside Kathmandu. Given the right contacts it is possible to execute a small project in 7-days.

  • What It Cost

    The project consists of a two week onsite visit to assess the project in person, establish relationships, negotiate with vendors, appoint a local project team and project coordinator and purchase and deliver supplies. The pipe, valves, cement, concrete all cost $4,000. Cost for the onsite visit, transportation and room & board cost $4,500. Our team collected data, worked side-by-side with the local team to ensure appropriate construction and verify the results. We purchased $500 worth of items to bring back and use in our fundraising events scheduled for later this year where we hope to raise $10,000 to fund 6 additional pipe installations to the most remote areas of the village.

  • Funding Source

    All funds for this project were donations to WfSV. We held bake sales, a house party/concert and we collected donation online in memory of Eric Miessau and Barbara Brown. 100% of the funds were spent directly on the project. This includes the visit by our team, purchase of construction supplies, delivery, labor, parts and fittings. Our team consisted of 100% volunteers who brought experience, skills and work side-by-side with the local project team.

  • Data We Collected

    We sampled and tested water at public wells and faucets. We collected geographic data to establish location of the wells, elevations and locations of the project site, surrounding area and water test sites. We photographed and documented the surrounding area of the Kabilash village. We established important contacts: pipe supplies, laborers, administrative contacts, hotels, supply vendors, transportation providers and local contacts.

  • Photos

    We have uploaded 363 photos of the project to our website. Photo Album Enjoy viewing photos of the project, the people, Kathmandu market, the locations we visited and the moments we will always remember.

  • Presentations

    Since returning from Nepal our team has made presentations to: South Florida water Management Employee Lunch & Learn, St. Johns Water Management District Lunch & Learn, Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea Sunday Forum. You can view our presentation or invite our team to present to your group. SJRWMD Presentation May August 2016

  • Project Blog

    While on the trip our team captured details and stories in a blog. We invite you to read about the experiences which we hope help convey the level of effort required to accomplish a project like this. Along with the project details and day-by-day journey, the team wrote about the food, the people, the Kathmandu market, meeting people and personal observations. Nepal Blog 2016