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.
Completed Projects in Nepal
Gravity Water works with public schools in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, providing thousands of children and community members with a permanent source of safe drinking water. 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.
Hillside Academy - Jarsing Pauwa, Kathmandu District
Hillside Academy is located in the Jarsing Pauwa region, a rural mountainous area in the North West of the Kathmandu Valley. Hence the name, Hillside Academy is located on the top of hill, which prevents many of the community members from having access to fresh water, since the wells need to be dug very deep to access the water table and the rivers are found in the valleys of the mountains, making it difficult to pipe up to higher elevations. However, one source of fresh water that the community does have access to is rain. Through providing a rainwater harvesting and filtration system to Hillside Academy, the school will now have on-site access to fresh water that they can drink without worrying about getting sick.
Hillside Academy has 400 students, ranging from ages 4 to 17. This project was built 100% by the local Nepali community, through the coordination and management of Gravity Water’s National Director of Nepal, Samundra Giri. The Hillside Academy project was funded through a fundraising campaign led by the students of Cumberland Elementary School, located in Sunnyvale, California, U.S.
Sangam School - Sankhu, Kathmandu District
Sangam School is a public school located in Sankhu Village in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Since Sankhu Village is located at a low elevation east of Kathmandu City, the community faces horrible water pollution problems, since they are downstream of the majority of the Valley. Without access to fresh water, Sangam School was dependent on buying and shipping in “fresher” water, which came from an open river outside the city.
With limited access to fresh water, Gravity Water worked with the Sangam School and the Sankhu Community to install a rainwater harvesting system, which would not only provide the entire school of 500 students with a daily source of safe drinking water, but would allow Sangam School to add additionalrainwaterr tanks, providing them with an on-site and independent source of fresh water that is safe throughout the future.
Milan Dharmasthali - Balaju, Kathmandu District
Milan Dharmasthali is located in the Balaju region, which lies North of the Kathmandu Valley. Like many villages in the Kathmandu Valley, Balaju is located on a hillside with limited access to fresh water.
Milan Dharmasthali school has an estimated 500 students, ages 4 years old to 17 years old, all which depend on purchased bottled water or contaminated groundwater as their primary drinking water source. Through working with local plumbers, welders, and community support, Milan Dharmasthali now has permanent and energy-free clean water system, providing the school and all of its students 500 liters of safe drinking water each day.
This project was funded with support from Nipomo High School in Nipomo, California, and through the support of our members and donors.
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.
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.
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.
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.