Nepal Initiative

Overview

On April 25th, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the country of Nepal. Over 9,000 people lost their lives and more than 23,000 people were injured. Seventeen days after the earthquake, Nepal was hit by a very powerful 7.3 magnitude aftershock.

After the earthquake and aftershock, Nepal has been doing it’s best to get back on it’s feet. Thousands of Nepali locals came together to help their neighbors and communities. In even the most remote communities, Nepali people helped where they could.

On September 20th, four months after the earthquake, the Government of Nepal developed the nation’s first Constitution. Unfortunately, the Constitution created challenges within the nation, leading to a gas and fuel blockade on the India-Nepal border, which has not been resolved. The fuel blockade has increased the local prices of gas, fuel, and virtually all basic goods by 300%, forcing many people into extreme poverty.

2016 Clean Water Initiative

In 2016, Gravity Water provided over 3,000 people in Nepal with access to a permanent source of Clean Drinking Water.

In 2016, the Gravity Water team completed 5 Clean Water Systems in public schools and communities, providing over 3,000 children and community members with a permanent source of safe drinking water in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Each project was built through the support of the surrounding communities, in turn offering local ownership of each project and economic opportunities for local community members.

Eyelens School - Jorpati, Kathmandu District

Eyelens School is a school of 350 students ranging from Nursery Level to Grade-12. The school is located in the municipality of Jorpati in the Eastern region of the Kathmandu Valley. This school was chosen due to the low-income demographic of the students and it’s pre-existing infrastructure, including adequate storage space and a high roof catchment surface.

Gravity Water built it’s first clean water system of 10,500 liter storage, which will provide up to 500 liters a day of safe drinking water during months that experience low to high rainfall and 110 liters of safe drinking water a day for 90 days of drought. The system was built through volunteer support and employing local welders, plumbers, and gutter installers, all who were from the local village where Eyelens School is located.

Milestone School - Ramkot, Kathmandu District

Milestone School is a school of 350 students, ranging from Nursery-Level (2.5 years old) to Grade-10 (15 years old). The school is located in the semi-rural and agricultural municipality of Ramkot in the western region of the Kathmandu Valley. Milestone School was selected based on the school’s lack of access to clean drinking water, and the rural and poor demographic of the majority of students. Currently, the students drink groundwater which is piped in from a local spring, which the principal, Shiva Ram Giri, said commonly caused illness during the monsoon/heavy rainfall season.

Gravity Water provided the school with a 10,500 liter drinking water system, which will provide up to 500 liters a day of safe drinking water during months that experience low to high rainfall and 110 liters of safe drinking water a day for 90 days of drought. The system was built through volunteer support and employing local welders, plumbers, and gutter installers, all who were from the local village where Milestone School is located.

Mahesh Narayan School & Thaple Village - Bhimdhunga, Kathmandu District

Mahesh Narayan is a small school of approximately 50 children who range from Nursery Level to Grade-5 (10 years old). The school is located in the isolated hill-top community of Thaple Village, located in the municipality of Bhimdhunga in the western region of the Kathmandu Valley. This school was chosen due to the village’s lack of a clean water source year-round and it’s lack of a physical water source during dry months.

Gravity Water chose to build this system at the village’s centralized upper building. Since the 200 person village of Thaple lacks access to a local source of bottled/filtered water, Gravity Water decided to build a 15,500 liter clean water system, which will provide up to 500 liters a day of safe drinking water during months that experience low to high rainfall, and 170 liters of drinking water per day for 90 days of drought. The system was built through volunteer support and employing local plumbers and gutter installers from the neighboring area of Ramkot.

Greenfield National School, Sitapaila, Kathmandu District

Greenfield National School is a large school of 1,700 students, ranging from Nursery-Level to Grade-12 (17 years old). The school is located in the municipality of Sitapaila, in the western region of the Kathmandu Valley. This school was chosen due to the low-income demographic of the students (Greenfield National School has the lowest per-capita tuition rate in the area) and the school’s pre-existing roofing, gutter systems, and open area, which all tailor to providing a substantial clean water system at a lower cost.

Gravity Water built the largest clean water system in the Organization’s history at this school, providing 48,000 liters of water storage, which will provide the school with up to 1,400 – 2,000 liters per day of clean drinking water during months with low to high rainfall and over 1,500 liters per day for a 30-day drought. The school is currently using a large part of it’s budget to provide children with filtered water in the form of 20L (5 Gallon) purchased jugs, which they use approximately 20-30 per day (400 liters – 600 liters per day). This system will provide a free and long-term source of clean drinking water, while also saving the school an estimated 300,000 Nepali Rupees ($2,775 USD) per year, each year, that they have agreed in contract to re-invest in the educational platform and quality of the school.

Heartland Academy, Kalimati, Kathmandu District

Heartland Academy is a school of 400 students ranging from Nursery Level to Grade-12. The school is located in the municipality of Kalimati in the western region of the Kathmandu Valley. This school was chosen due to the low-income demographic of the students and it’s pre-existing infrastructure, including guttered roofs and a mid-level roof that can store water tanks without the need for a tank stand installation.

Gravity Water built a clean water system of4,500 liter storage, which will be increased to 12,500 liters of storage once a proper evaluation of the mid-level roof strength/weight capacity has been completed and approved, where the elevated tanks are stored. This system is currently providing 500 liters of clean drinking water during months of low to high rainfall, when the majority of water-related illnesses occur within the school, and will provide roughly 200 students with clean drink water per school month during months when no rain is present. The finalized tank system will increase clean water availability to an estimated 520 liters per day during months where no rain is present. Currently, the school is using sterilization tablets in their drinking water tank, which they can rely upon if the storage capacity isn’t sufficient during long drought periods.

In 2017, Gravity Water has a goal of tripling it’s impact, providing 10,000 people with a permanent source of clean drinking water by the end of the year. Support our 2017 initiative!