Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gina Parra


Gina is a third year, Industrial and Systems Engineering major from Bogota, Columbia. Gina likes dogs and the color teal. Her favorite food is s'mores. Gina loves Zumba and loves to incorporate it into her daily life! 

When asked about the Nepal team, these were her answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

I applied sophomore year after I was able to get myself organized after freshman year. School was hectic at first and joining a Greek organization made it so that I could only become involved my second year. Once admitted to be a part of the Nepal team, I quickly gravitated to Fundraising and External relations teams and loved to help spread the word for Nepal team as well as raise money at the same time.

What are your goals for Nepal?

I hope that the children can be made a priority, either through making water resources readily available, or helping the education system through an agricultural project of some sort. I strongly believe through our research as a team and individual knowledge that the empowerment of the youth will lead to growth as a society.

Anything else you want to tell the blog readers?

This is one of the most special groups of people I have been able to work with and it truly makes it easy to become involved when every person on the team is so dedicated and has such a variety of talents. I hope whoever has the time to read can read each person's article and notice how brilliant each person on our team is. This team combined with the proper resources can truly make a lasting difference in Nepal, and I hope whoever reads this and potentially donates can feel like they are also a part of this movement!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Daniel Ruiz


Daniel is a second year, civil engineering major from Pembroke Pines, FL. Some of his "favorites" are the color blue, tigers, and his favorite food is called Bandeja paisa, it is a traditional Colombian plate. A fun fact about Daniel is that he has an obsession with Europe. 

When asked about the Nepal team, these were his answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

I heard about it from an adviser, so I went to one of the general body meetings. Since day one I felt really identified with EWB's mission, so I started volunteering at some of the events. Then I applied to the Nepal project and got accepted. I love every minute of working with the team and making a difference thousands of miles away from home.

What are your goals for Nepal?

  • Building a relationship with the community 
  • Designing and building facilities that will help them meet their basic needs and improve their quality of life
  • Teach the community about different methods of sustainability that will help improve quality of life
  • Establish regular communication with the community to make sure that we build something they will definitely use and work on future projects


Anything else you want to tell the blog readers?


I am extremely passionate about this project because I've seen it myself. I've seen how a lot of these people live and how difficult their lives can be in the 21st century without most of the human basic needs like water, toilets, etc. I definitely believe that if an opportunity like this one is given to this community, especially to the little ones, they will have more time, more motivation and an example to get ahead in life. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

New Members - Fall 2014

The Nepal Team is proud to announce that we have gained six new members!

Congratulations to Julian Falconi, Vita KaroblytÄ—, Matthew Burke, Mackenzi Shepherd, Lucas Papageorgiou, and Rebecca Fedderwitz for becoming members of the Nepal team. We can't wait to get started! 

Thank you for everyone who applied! We had 20 great applicants and it was a tough decision. If you didn't make it, don't be discouraged; you can still be involved with EWB and do awesome things to help the Nepal Team! 

Check back soon for updates on the project's direction and progress.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diego De La Hoz


Diego is a fourth year, mechanical and aerospace engineering major from Fort Walton Beach, FL. His favorite animal is an American Pit bull, his Pit bull (pictured above) is named is Leo. His favorite color is red and his favorite food is New York Cheesecake. His fun fact is that he really loves New York Cheesecake.


When asked about the Nepal team, these were his answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

After my third year, I discovered that engineering is more than designing the latest engineering innovation, is about improving human quality. This is the driving goal of EWB. When I discovered the mission and vision of EWB, I immediately felt a sense of ownership towards EWB, and that is my "How did you get involved with EWB?" novel.


What are your goals for Nepal?

Nepal is an international personal challenge. I not only want to develop an engineering solution to the community’s problem, I want to establish a relationship with the goal to promote and stimulate a community-improvement mentality. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cody Heitman


Cody is a fifth year, materials science and engineering major from nowhere and everywhere, but most recently Niceville, FL (he's moved around a lot). He spent time in Australia in the summer of 2013 and he is now a fan of all things Aussie including the color eucalyptus green and baby wombats (he told me to watch this video to prove why wombats should be everyone's favorite). Cody is also a vegan, and he enjoys Midnight Cookie cookies because they are vegan and tasty.


When asked about the Nepal team, these were his answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

Shak (the old treasurer) talked it up during an ultimate game and then we started going to meetings our sophomore year.... but I really didn't get too involved until I went to Las Vegas with the '12 and '13 UF chapter presidents and the past past past Bolivia team lead at the last EWB International Conference. I guess good times and a yearning to help others and apply what I learned in class got me involved.


What are your goals for Nepal?

I want to help shape the community into something that provides opportunities for its youth. We have the chance to change these kid's lives and open up doors that they couldn't even fathom being a possibility. They were full of joy and happiness and bliss and we should foster that and develop their passions. The world needs a little more that.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Taylor Chaisson



Taylor is a second year, biological engineering major from Clearwater, FL. Her favorite color is purple. Her favorite food is baked macaroni and cheese. If she could have any superpower she would want teleportation so she could travel the world. A fun fact about Taylor is that when she was little she broke her arm falling out of bed when she was four. 


When asked about the Nepal team, these were her answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

My mentor Sarah invited me to go to an EWB general body meeting with her. I heard about the Nepal team and decided I wouldn't apply since I was a freshman and didn't want to overwhelm myself my first semester. Somehow I ended up submitting an application the day they were due and I got accepted onto the team. I don't know what I was thinking at that first meeting.


What are your goals for Nepal?

I want the village of Khanalthok to thrive. I want the families to be healthy and the children to be educated. Everyone deserves access to clean water and a good education. I want to help make Khanalthok a community that can support itself and its residents financially and physically. 


Anything else you want to tell the blog readers?


I am super excited to be working on such a worthwhile project in such an incredible community. I hope you keep up with our project through the blog or talking to us. It is going to be really cool to watch this project come to life. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Raina Zantout



Raina graduated from UF with a Master of Sustainable Development degree in May 2014.  Although she isn't an engineer, Raina has been an integral part of the Nepal Team. Raina studied the social science side of international development and helped us to create and conduct our household surveys and focus groups. Raina is now working with the Danish Refugee Council doing similar things to our social assessment in Khanalthok in refugee camps in Lebanon. Raina's favorite color is black. A fun fact about Raina is that she speaks four languages. We miss having her around!

When asked about the Nepal team, these were her answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

I was working with a team at UF on a water education project and one of my teammates, an undergraduate student in engineering, told me about EWB and its international programs. 


What are your goals for Nepal?

Safe potable water access for all, adequate sanitation for all, and water for irrigation to support large agricultural community. 


Anything else you want to tell the blog readers?


EWB itself is a superb organization which provides timely and exceptional support to all its chapters. EWB UF is fortunate to have this support. As result, the EWB UF Nepal team is uniquely capable of working in Nepal and is complete with a team of diverse, passionate, and friendly individuals. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sarah McIntyre

Fundraising Team Lead



Sarah is a fourth year, biological engineering major from Jacksonville, FL. Her favorite food is baked broccoli with a touch of salt & pepper, singed just enough to be slightly crisp. Two years ago she lived in a tent in the Panamanian Jungle for two and a half months. It was her first camping experience ever. Even though she loved it, her family isn't very into the outdoors!

When asked about the Nepal team, these were her answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

I heard about international team applications and applied to the Nepal Team during my third year. 


What are your goals for Nepal?

This is our five year commitment to the community. I want to see us develop community with one another, not as one group of people helping another, but as partners in a team-effort who become lifelong friends. I want to inspire and be inspired by the fact that even a little hope can bring drastic change for the better. 


Anything else you want to tell the blog readers?


Thank you so much for keeping up with the blog and supporting our team! It means so much to each of us and the people of Khanalthok. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Kiran Gaulee

Communications Team Lead



Kiran is a second year, undecided engineering major from Surkhet, Nepal. Her favorite color is peach. Her favorite animal is a lion. She enjoys Indian food.  Kiran is fluent in three different languages: Nepali, English, and Hindi. 

When asked about the Nepal team, these were her answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

My dad came up to me and told me I was getting involved in EWB Nepal team and I did. 


What are your goals for Nepal?

Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world for water resources. However a huge percentage of Nepali population doesn't have access to clean drinking water, which is unfortunate, and I want to do something about it. I understand that water can have a profound effect on the development of an area. My goal for Nepal is to be able to properly utilize the natural resources and make the best out of it.


Anything else you want to tell the blog readers?

Together we can make a difference. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall 2014 - Applications are Open

Exciting news from the Nepal Team!

This fall we are looking for new members to join our team. Do you want to get involved in the Nepal team?

Check out the application here.

The application is intensive in order to make sure that you would be committed to the project for the long haul.
If you are interested in applying, below are some resources for you to use to help with the application.

Check the blog posts from the Assessment Trip.
Use pictures from the Assessment Trip. I'll be adding more pictures to the album by the end of this week!
Find information in our Post Assessment Report, here or here.
You can also find information in our team presentation, here or here.

If you have any questions or concerns, send an email to ewb.ufl.nepalprojectlead@gmail.com.

When you are ready to submit your application, send everything (application and project) in an email to ewb.ufl.nepalprojectlead@gmail.com.

Applications are due by 11:59 pm on October 10, 2014.


We can't wait to add to our team! Good Luck! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nathan DeKrey

Design Team Lead




Nathan is a fourth year, mechanical engineering major from Winter Springs, FL. His favorite animals are sea otters and American bison. His favorite color is Verdant Blue. A fun fact about him is that he is very good friends with James Brown. If he could have a super power, he would want to shoot neon lasers out of his fingertips to make any particular moment of his life more rad.

When asked about the Nepal team, these were his answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

I had heard that the first meeting was that evening, so I decided to go and talk to people and see what could happen!


What are your goals for Nepal?

To provide solid and professionally done work in such a way to increase the quality of life for those with whom we are working, developing my own skills in the process, so that I may go on and continue this type of work.


Anything else you want to tell the blog readers?


While we are only students, the work we do now is an investment in our skills. We aim to provide the greatest quality work, so that others can and will continue to benefit from what we create.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sebastian Vargas

Nepal Team Lead 2014-2015





Sebastian is a fourth year, chemical engineering major from Bogota, Columbia. His favorite superhero is Batman and his favorite animal is a tiger. He also enjoys Mexican food. A fun fact about him is that he has lived in four different countries: Colombia, Venezuela, China and the US

When asked about the Nepal team, these were his answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

My friend Alicia Mudarra introduced me to the organization. Her involvement and positive experience with the Bolivia team encouraged me to get involved with our Nepal project.


What are your goals for Nepal?

I want our work to be translated into a solution that improves the quality of life of the community of Khanalthok.

Thus far, our team has gathered much data and has different ideas on how to achieve this goal. There is a lot of work to be done before we can have the impact we desire on the community, but I am confident in our success because we have a great team of individuals.
As we start the academic year my personal goal is to be a facilitator for the team so that we agree on the best solution for the community. You can count on me to provide a good environment for our design, communications and fundraising teams to perform their work as effective and efficient as possible.



Anything else you want to tell the blog readers?

You can help our cause by spreading the word about our work and/or donating. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Harrison Schultz

Nepal Team Founder



Harrison is a fifth year, materials science and engineering major from Davie, FL. He will be graduating this December. His favorite color is green, favorite animal is a penguin, and favorite food is Dhal Bhat. When asked for a fun fact, Harrison claimed the title of Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2006.

When asked about the Nepal team, these were his answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

I was once a young, naive college freshman, who had a dream of traveling abroad during my time at the University of Florida. I knew I wanted to do some sort of volunteer work in an exotic place, perhaps Africa, or maybe Southeast Asia. I also wanted to save the world. But, unfortunately, there was no such study abroad program.

And that's when I stumbled upon an Engineers Without Borders flyer. It told me to me to go to a meeting and learn all about the club. At this meeting, they discussed all of their past and current projects in Cambodia, Macedonia, and Bolivia. However, they also explained that not everyone can travel on EWB projects. EWB is a group effort, coming from all corners of the organization. This is when I realized that EWB, at its root, is not about traveling. Instead, it is about camaraderie, teamwork, and rallying around a common goal: to engineer sustainable projects for the greater good of communities in need. Whether an EWB member is designing engineering projects, fundraising for chapter expenses, or advertising our organization's mission, each member played a crucial role in furthering EWB's goal. In doing so, EWB has the potential to develop the global leaders of the future.

After my realization of this "greater good" that EWB has to offer, I set my travel aspirations aside. I was now hooked on helping EWB in any way possible. I started on the Domestic Teams and helped in several projects around the local Gainesville area. I then became the Involvement Chair, in which I promoted EWB through social media and fundraising events, eventually increasing membership in the organization.

But then my real breakthrough with EWB occurred when I received an email to apply to Technion University's Engineering in Developing Communities program in Nepal. After being accepted, I spent over a month in Nepal, working with some of the greatest minds in global engineering, such as Dr. Bernard Amadei, the founder of EWB-USA. My final project took place in the village of Khanalthok, in which I had to assess the issues that hinder the community's development. To say the least, I fell in love with the community, and couldn't let our relationship end. I wanted to continue the work I started that summer and see the village thrive as a "model community" for development.

Fast forward a few months into my senior year. With the help of EWB, the Nepal Team was assembled, with the most passionate students at the University of Florida. It is a humbling to see my journey start as a travel-hungry freshman to witnessing the start of a program that will change the face of a community on the other side of the world.


What are your goals for Nepal?

Khanalthok, Nepal is a community made up of driven and hard-working individuals, who all want to see their village thrive. They face many challenges, such as poverty, lack of clean water, very poor road access, limited medical treatment, lack of jobs and economic opportunities, and no diversity of crops for trade.

The Nepal Team has completed its assessment trip this summer of 2014, and we are now in the post-assessment phase where we have to decide what is most important for the community's development and quality of life. I hope that we choose a fitting first project that will make a sustainable impact on Khanalthok.

I also hope that our relationship with Khanalthok continues for several years after our first project ends, in which EWB-UF can continue providing projects to the community. My goal is to see Khanalthok become a "model community" for all other villages that seek further development.


Anything else you want to tell the blog readers?

Thank you everyone for your support! I could not have started the Nepal Team without the assistance of EWB, Technion University, my family and friends, and everyone who has donated to the project. But most importantly, this project could not have come to fruition without the dedication and hard work of every single Nepal Team member. Each member has dedicated countless hours and late nights, on top of their busy schedules as engineering students, to help a community in need. I could not have asked for a better team!



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hello Fall 2014

Can you believe the UF Fall 2014 semester starts tomorrow? Did you keep up with the Engineers Without Borders UF Chapter over the summer?

Catch up with the Nepal team. We went on our first assessment trip in May.
Read all about the assessment in the blog posts.
Check out the awesome pictures of our adventure.

Get ready for an awesome Fall semester. We have a bunch of cool things in store for the project and the blog. Every week you will be able to get to know members of the team. Check this Wednesday for the first Student Spotlight. We will also be keeping you up to date on what's going on with the project. Exciting surprise posts are coming too!

Keep coming back to visit!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Assessment Trip Update

Hello everyone!

I wanted to tell you all some exciting news. After our Assessment trip in May, the team was required to put together a document for EWB called a Post-Assessment Report, or a 522. The team has been putting lots of work into analyzing data and writing up the report.

Today, our fearless leader Harrison submitted our 522!! Yay!

In the coming weeks, EWB will review the document and give us the go ahead to start designing something for the community and planning our implementation trip. Fall starts in a couple of weeks and we are looking forward to an awesome year!

In Gainesville,
Taylor


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coming Fall 2014

Do you want to get to know the members of the team that are pouring their time and energy into the Nepal Project?
Yes??
Oh, good! That's what I thought!

Starting this Fall 2014, you can check every week for a "Student Spotlight" and get to know the team.
Additionally, once a month I'll post a "Mentor Monday" so that you can get to know the mentors too.

Until then, visit the EWB-UF website for a sneak peek.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Pheri Bhetaunla

May 10, 2014


Today we said goodbye to the lovely people of Khanalthok. Fortunately we aren't really saying goodbye. We get to say "Pheri bhetaunla" which is Nepali for "I hope we meet again".


After breakfast and a final round of bacteria counting and cleaning we had a closing ceremony of sorts to say goodbye. Harrison gave a speech to tell everyone in attendance how excited we were to be working in Khanalthok and how thankful we were for the incredible hospitality. He assured them that we would be back next year for an implementation trip. We will be bringing back a solution to one of the problems we have identified in the village next summer. We also got to hand out gifts to our homestays, the schools, and the health outpost.




After a quick morning of photos and hugs, we finally packed up and drove back down the mountain foothill we had grown to love. We dropped Santosh and Nukesh off at Kathmandu University in Dhulikhel and drove back to Kathmandu.  


Next year, we will be back to make a real difference in the community. This trip has been incredible and I can't wait for the rest of the team to come and experience Khanalthok.

Safely back in Kathmandu,
Taylor

Focus Groups

May 9, 2014


I promised an explanation of focus groups yesterday. So, here you go!

A focus group is similar in nature to the household surveys, but a little more open and broad. In the household surveys we had specific questions to guide the conversation. But, with the focus groups we mostly have topics we want to cover. In focus groups we can ask more pointed questions. For example, we ask different questions in a women's focus group than we ask in a men's focus group.

We conducted focus groups with five specifically targeted parts of the population.
Men/Farmers
Women
Primary School Teachers
Secondary School Teachers
Youth

The men's focus group gave us a lot of information about farming, water, and the community's economic standing as a generalization.

The women's focus group told us more about women's treatment in the community, health concerns, and children.

Both of the teachers' focus groups related mostly to education and students' health.

The youth focus group was unique. In my mind, youth are middle and high school age.  In the community, the youngest "youth" was 14 and the others thought he was too young to be there. The rest of the youth were between the ages of 17 and 30. The youth discussed education, water, migration, and the future of the village. For the most part, the youth were positive about how they could impact the village in the future and make it a better place to live for their families.

Overall, the focus groups seem to be successful. We got information that is different from the household surveys. By combining the information collected by these two methods, we can more fully understand the workings of the village and how it interacts.

This fall, we will gather back in Gainesville with the rest of the team and use all of the information we collected to piece together the best way we can help the residents of Khanalthok. 

In Khanalthok,
Taylor


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Technical Data

May 8, 2014


International projects with Engineers Without Borders are made up of three phases: Assessment, Implementation, and Monitoring. Each international project is a five year commitment, however. The three phases are split up over those five years in whatever manner the project is progressing. If the assessment takes longer that's ok. If the implementation takes longer that's ok too.

The assessment phase is what we are doing right now!

I told you yesterday about the household surveys and tomorrow I'll tell you about focus groups. But, a main chunk of the information we want to collect when we are here revolves around technical data.

We have discussed in depth over the past few months the types of projects we want to assess for. In order to be prepared for any type of project we are going to collect data for possible water, agriculture, and sanitation projects. We have been collecting water samples throughout each day, today we collected soil samples, and we are collecting GPS data everywhere we go.

When we split up groups in the morning, each group gets a GPS unit so that we can keep track of important waypoints that we encounter. Each house that we take a survey at gets a waypoint. On our hike down to the Roshi Khola, we took waypoints at each of the pump stations and occasionally to mark our route. The primary and secondary schools will have waypoints too.

Nathan teaching kids how to use the GPS units.


Today a group went and collected soil samples that we are going to have tested at Kathmandu University. They collected from the most productive fields, the least productive fields, and some randomly chosen fields. Since corn is the main crop, we expect to find a lack of nitrogen that is causing productivity levels to be low.



 We are running two types of tests on the water samples we collect. At the end of every day we run bacterial tests on the water samples we collected that day. We also are taking some of the water samples to Kathmandu University for heavy metals testing.

Collecting Water Samples
Testing Water Samples
Water sample that tested positive for E. coli.

When we get back to Gainesville after the trip we will analyze all of this technical information. I'll post a map of Khanalthok and our GPS data in the fall!

In Khanalthok,
Taylor



Anatomy of a Household Survey

May 7, 2014


You might be wondering what it is exactly that we are doing all the way around the world. If you read yesterday's post, you know we are doing water testing, which is an important part of the assessment process. But, just as important as the technical information we are collecting is getting to know the community. How are we going to know what is best for the community if we don't talk to them?

Enter the Household Survey.
 
The University of Florida chapter of Engineers Without Borders currently has two international projects. Our counterparts on the Bolivia team are currently in the implementation phase of their project, meaning they have done an assessment trip already. We based our household survey process on the Bolivia team's successful "Sondeo" concept.  A sondeo is an informal interview with members of the community. Minimal notes are taken and the interview takes on the tone of a friendly conversation. This approach is intended to produce more honest answers than a question-by-question interview with written notes and an uncomfortable formality.

For our purposes we adjusted the idea to fit the Khanalthok community. Since a group of students were in the village learning about international development last summer, the community members are more comfortable with us taking notes. Our household surveys are friendly and conversational, but we have someone writing down notes so we can more easily recall the conversation and not miss important details. Also, just to make sure we get the right information, we have a list of questions we are using to steer the conversations toward obtaining pertinent information.

We are in the village during planting season so we go out and talk to people in the mornings before work starts or at the end of the day when their work is done. We go out in pairs; a UF student and a Nepali team up and conduct the surveys. During our conversations we talk about family, health, education, water and whatever else comes up. Sometimes the translators have the conversation and the UF student takes notes, other times the translators translate the conversation between the UF student taking notes and the community member.

We are learning all sorts of crazy things about the community this way.

Most people we have talked to don't consider diarrhea to be a big deal. In the US, if somebody gets diarrhea the reaction is "Oh no, my child is sick." In Khanalthok the reaction is more along the lines of "Oh look, it's Tuesday."  

On a positive note, we have discovered that many of the children have had vaccinations.


Once we get the data analyzed I'll let you know some details! Stay tuned!

In Khanalthok,
Taylor

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Roshi Khola

May 6, 2014

"It should take about three hours," he said, "we'll be back before it rains." 

Five hours later we found ourselves sitting under a random family's porch drenched from head to toe.


Today was the day we discovered the distorted nature of Nepali's estimating travel times.  We planned to hike down to the river that runs through the valley just below Khanalthok. One of the village leaders named Shambhu is a retired farmer.  Somehow he was designated to be our official tour guide for the week. After a morning focus group with some of the men in the community, we asked him if he could take us down to the river. He agreed to take us to the river at 11:00 and assured us that Matina would be back in time to help with the Women's Focus Group.  Maurice and Raina's vehicle broke down on their way to the village so we had to leave without them. Lucky us, because that left Kiran and Raina to lead the Women's Focus Group at 3:00 because, if you can't tell by now, we didn't make it back in time.




Here is a mental time lapse of our adventure:

11:00 - We assemble the necessities for a three hour hike.

11:10 - The group starts down the mountain foothill (they keep telling me these aren't mountains).
11:15 - Harry Potter (our quasi-adopted dog) stands majestically against the backdrop of our hiking path.
11:20 - Arrive at Pump Station 1
11:50 - Find and take water samples at Pump Station 2.
12:35 - Visit the workers installing the new pump at Pump Station 3.
1:15 - We finally reach the river called Roshi Khola.
1:30 - Our engineering assessment skills are put to use. We measure the river and use oranges to find its velocity so we can calculate flow rates and make a river profile later.
2:20 -Time to hike back up the monster they call a foothill and collect water samples along the way.
3:15 - Our Floridian lungs and legs are exhausted by the Nepali landscape.

4:00 - The downpour begins. We follow Shambhu to the nearest home, but, nobody is there. We are forced to venture on through the rain and find a house with a family that lets us take shelter on their porch while the sky continues to dump out buckets on Khanalthok. I was told that we got caught in the hardest rain Khanalthok has had in years. 

4:30 - We are graciously invited into their home for tea and bread.
4:50 - The rain has ceased pouring from the clouds and we are permitted to leave our gracious hosts.

5:00 - Shambhu insists that we stop for tea and cookies at his house even though we had just eaten.
5:30 - We leave Shambhu's home and start our final ascent.

6:00 - After our long and grueling day, we finally make it back to the Health Outpost.


We got to eat dinner and catch up with Raina and Maurice who had arrived soon after we left. But, the work wasn't done. We met to go over the focus groups and bring Raina and Maurice up to speed on what had happened since we arrived. Then some of us ran the bacterial tests on the water samples we collected on the way back up from the Roshi Khola.



It was an exhausting day, but it was productive and gave us a good idea of where things would be on a map. We ended the day with a beautiful sunset over Khanalthok.



From Khanalthok,
Taylor