On 25 April 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal was hit by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that took the lives of 9,000 people and injured 23,000 others. This violent disaster compounded an already terrible water quality problem. Now, Nepal is facing a cholera epidemic. Heavy rains are infiltrating the broken sewer pipes and carrying human waste into their water supply.
Our efforts are going to be focused on responding to this disaster with an intermediate water supply strategy that empowers citizens with the abiltiy to make clean water filters. Will will be meeting with leaders and represetatives from the government, community, and organizations at all levels to disscuss how we can contribute towards a sustainable water supply strategy.
The Nepal water supply crisis can be generally divided into three problem areas: #1 Water Supply #2 Water Quality #3 Water Distribution. The solutions we are focusing on are: #2 Water Quality.
This project has three general stages. The first phase is the “in-country” planning and preparation phase that involves material acquisition, leader coordination, and site preparation. The second phase is the actual biosand filtration workshop which lasts 2- 5 days depending on the schedule arrangement and it will host up to 10 participants. During the course participants are introduced to water filtration, including the science behind it and various other options, course work and participation in sanitation and hygiene classes, review of the tools of the trade and how to obtain them, and construction of sieves for sand preparation. They participate in sifting and washing of sand, they mix and pour concrete into a steel mold, review filtration, sanitation, and hygiene material, and develop exploratory business planning and project ideas. The last phase is the duplication and distribution of the filter phase.
The short-term outcomes that we hope to achieve in 6 months are:
10 Certified Biosand filtration leaders
Production of 1 steel molds useful in hosting workshops and creating businesses
Production of 100 Biosand filters serving 1,000 people with clean water for life
Generating $10,000 in new local income for local biosand filtration businesses
The long-term outcomes that we hope to achieve in 12-24 months are:
10 new Certified Biosand filtration Leaders taught by our new leaders
Production of 3 more steel molds useful in hosting workshops and creating businesses
Production of 400 more Biosand filters serving 4,000 people with clean water for life
Generating $40,000 in new income for local biosand filtration businesses
Our projects are designed to not only produce results but also to promote sustainably and expansion. We do this by creating incentives and job opportunities for participants to train others and sell filters.