We have partnered with the group Volunteer Initiative Nepal (VIN) to incorporate our filtration systems into their current hygiene and sanitation programs in rural parts of the country.
Working with VIN, we have the potential to distribute at least 6500 filtration systems over the next 2 years, through VIN’s already well organized network of volunteers. This is a great challenge ahead of us.
Our first goal is to raise the funds to distribute 1000 filtration systems to more centralized locations, then we will focusing on delivering clean water to every single family household.
For our work in the Nepal, the distributor of filters has just announced a new promotion for humanitarian groups:
For every filter we purchase they are now donating two. This means we can now have twice the impact.
This means our cost per filter has dropped from $30 to $10.
6,500 filters (complete systems) will cost approximately $125,000.
However there is the possibility that if we can prove VIN will practice sustainability practices similar to those in Fiji, Sawyer may donate even more filters than they have already proposed.
While that is a lofty goal, we do not need full funding immediately to start delivering filtration systems in Nepal. Our teams will start doing humanitarian trips with 100+ filters at a time to take to more centralized locations, before we work to reach every single household.
filters will be distributed to (350 filters total):
- ECD centers
- community centers
- local government public offices
and families in:
- Taluwa, Thulachhap & Bhadaure of Okhaldhunga (2000 filters total),
- Okharpouwa (1900)
- Nuwakot and Kavresthali (1000)
- Jitpurphedi (1250)
This project runs under the WASH (Water Sanitation & Hygiene) of VIN. The success of this project will help us gain support to branch out and bring more remote regions of the country clean water access. This is only the beginning.
(VIN volunteers preparing filtration systems for distribution)
Nepal’s clean water crisis is a complex problem with many compounding issues.
- Government pumps water but does NOT filter
- Pre-earthquake: 10,500+ children die every year from diarrhea, caused by contaminated water
- Nepal Progress Report: 50% of population, 16 million, practices open defecation, 80% of communicable diseases are a result of contaminated water
- The earthquake in April 2015
- Damaged 600k homes and 5k public buildings
- Displaced people are living under tarps, in man-made temporary housing
- No toilets or running water – open defecation and high probability of disease
- India’s fuel blockade months ago. (India’s reaction to Nepal’s recent Constitution).
Our first clean water volunteers have just returned from working with VIN on clean water initiatives, where they assisted in delivery of filters and identifying areas lacking clean water. VIN teams are also building wells, toilets, and the septic systems. Over 1000 toilets have been built already by VIN. We can go back to the installed bases immediately to implement water filters.
They have requested at least 6600 filters for Nepal, and we are currently seeking funding to make this possible. VIN is also working on a project to install 1000 more toilets this year (the national goal is 148,000 toilets per year).
Installing toilets AND providing purified water is a three prong solution.
- Remove the waste from the water, supply (installing toilets)
- provide disease-free filtered water to wash hands and drink (Filters)
- EDUCATE. Only 30% of the population wash hands after defecation and only 12% use soap.
It’s difficult to describe how life saving these filters are… Any support will save lives, NOW.
Our clean water ambassador Khris Loux is currently in Nepal building septic tanks, toilets, clean water filtration systems, and helping to educated people on proper hygiene in the aftermath of natural disasters.
1) The government pumps water but does NOT purify, so the water is not safe. (This is why our filter systems are so important.)
2) The earthquake destroyed or severely damaged 600k homes and 5k public buildings.
3) Displaced people are living under tarps, in man-made temporary housing and have no toilets or running water.
4) The result is open defecation which leaches into the ground water creating high probabilities of outbreak of disease.
5) Prior to the earthquake 10,500+ children were dying EVERY YEAR from diarrhea, caused by contaminated water. (Preventable with the filtration systems.) The risk of this number greatly increasing this year is very real.
7) Compounding the problem is the blockaded of fuel by India two months ago. (India is reacting to Nepal’s recent Constitution.)
8) Fact from Nepal Progress Report: 50% of population, 16m people, practices open defecation, 80% of communicable diseases are a result of contaminated water.
9) We are working on a project to install 700 toilets in the next 90 days (the national goal is 148,000 toilets per year).
10) Installing toilets AND providing purified water is a two prong solution… Remove the disease carrying waste from the water supply and provide filtered water to wash hands and drink.
11) The third prong is education… Only 30% of the population washed hands after defecation and only 12% use soap.
Over 1000 toilets have been built already by VIN. We can go back to the installed bases immediately to implement water filters. It’s difficult to describe how life saving these filters are… Anything support will save lives, NOW.
THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT
NGO’s are using this filter technology and distribution techniques in 70 different countries around the world to bring MILLIONS of individuals clean water access. Please join us in helping to spread this amazing cause and combat the global clean water crisis.