With summer fast approaching, many people are planning to go to the beach, have barbeques, and do other fun things with friends and family. For members of the University of Florida's Engineers Without Borders Nepal Team, this summer's plans consist of a trip to Khanalthok to assess and upgrade the water irrigation system that was previously installed during the implementation trip last summer.
During the last implementation trip, a wash station, new female latrines, rainwater catchment system, and a temporary water tank were installed in the community. However, the water tank needs to be upgraded so that it can act as a more permanent solution. The new tank is going to 30,000 liters and reinforced with concrete. With a much larger tank, the community will be able to collect and store more water that can be used during the extremely dry season. Moreover, the Nepal Team plans to implement new filters to complement the wash station and rainwater catchment system that were previously installed at the Shree Janahit Secondary School.
In addition, the team will also enrich the community through other means besides engineering. We will also educate the local children about water safety, basic health and hygiene, and practical skills that they can use to improve their quality of life. We look forward to once again meeting with the people of Khanalthok, and cannot wait for the exciting adventures and opportunities to improve the lives of the people! Stay tuned for more updates as this summer quickly approaches!
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Earlier this month, the EWB Nepal Team received excellent news after multiple years of diligence and hard work. Our team received a $10,000 grant from the Davis Program after applying for the Projects for Peace Grant this year. This is a huge step for our team in terms of funding our project in Khanalthok. Thank you to everyone on our entire team for the hard work that you continuously do for this organization, and a special thanks to Sulav and Harsh for putting in the extra time and doing an outstanding job with submitting the Projects for Peace Grant. We are extremely grateful for all of the hard work and support from the Davis Program, University of Florida, and the public. We will continue to focus and put all of our efforts towards improving the lives of the people of Khanalthok!
Saturday, January 28, 2017
We wanted to provide an update on our most recent trip to Nepal. Shree Ram, Santosh, Kiran, Ricky, Sulav, Matt, Gina, and Maurice made the trip to Khanalthok in May of 2016. Our goals during this implementation trip were to reevaluate the new buildings, find a location for the wash stations, analyze the need for a flush system, coordinate the gutters with the tank, educate the faculty on the use and maintenance of the system, and determine an exact date and plan for the implementation of the latrines.
On the first day of assessment and excavation, the team chose an area for the wash stations and got to work shoveling. The team completed the foundation for the hand-washing stations.
Next, the team assessed the condition of the gutters, and removed the gutters from the old building, repaired them, and then added them to the new building. We also began the process of implementing the tank by digging a hole and placing the tank.
We also showed the workers of the community how to begin the completion of the wash station. The team made significant progress with the piping, and dug trenches to allow the piping to be connected to the wash station.
After the completion of the piping of the tank, the piping was covered with barbed wire to prevent people from damaging it.
During our wonderful trip, we took part in activities outside of engineering and construction. One of the days of the trip was devoted to the education of the children. The girls were taught the power behind the transition from girlhood to womanhood, and received menstruation kits. The boys wrote notes explaining why women are important.
We had many unforgettable experiences, and truly enjoyed the beautiful town of Khanalthok. We rented scooters and went down the mountainside, hiked to watch the sunrise in Sarangkot, and went paragliding. We look forward to returning to the village in 2017 and implementing a larger, more permanent tank. Be sure to check back for more updates!