Kabilash, Nepal Water Project

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Kabilash, Nepal Water Project

The village of Kabilash, Nepal is the site of our newest project. Kabilash is approximately 3 hours North of the capital city of Kathmandu. There are approximately 200 residents in this rural farming community where they suffered devastating impacts from the 2015 earthquake. The surface water system they relied on was badly damaged and the residents must now fetch water by bucket from the closest spring one mile away. There is a school in the village that serves 400 children from the surrounding area that was also badly damaged and the school is the primary destination where we will first deliver drinking water.

Our team arrived in Nepal on May 8, 2016. With just 10 days in Nepal our team met with water pipe suppliers, arranged for delivery, coordinated with workers, walked the project site and recorded detailed information on the terrain. We established relationships with the local people and explored some of the surrounding area where we identified six new future projects. We raised $10,000 to fund this project. Following the death of Eric Miessau, the 21 year-old son of co-founder Rick Miessau, we are now dedicating this project in Eric's memory. Please visit our Paypal link or contact us about making a donation directly to our account to avoid service fees and overhead costs. Our local coordinator, Madhav Pandey made a trip to Nepal in September 2015 to visit family and assess the conditions in Kabilash and he made contacts with the local leaders in Kabilash. Following a 6 month delay due to political and trade disputes between Nepal and India we are back on track and started the project in May. With support from the local community we were able to work side-by-side and witness construction of a concrete spring box (cat man) and installation of the first 1,000 ft of pipe. We designated a local resident to be the project manager and provided funding for construction of a new water storage tank in accordance with an approved design by the Nepal Department of Water Supply. Installation of 4,500ft of water pipe was completed within one week. The water tank was completed by the villagers within 30 days after we returned home from our visit and it is now in use.

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As we move to phase II of the Kabilash project we hope to raise $1,000 to provide an additional 4,000ft of pipe which will supply drinking water to five remote locations of the Kabilash village. We also have a letter from the citizens of the lower valley who are in need of a clean drinking water solution. This sixth project will serve approximately 2,400 people who live 100 feet above the river and are in need of a delivery system that will bring water up into their village. Currently people walk to the river several times a day to fetch water in buckets. The lower caste who live in this area of the village have never received assistance and we hope to help them on our next visit in 2017. We are scoping a system and cost for a solution in the lower valley.
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Recap of Phase I Project Efforts

We raised $10,000 to purchase 4,500 feet of HDPE pipe, fittings and construct a water tank to repair the water system in the village. We established contact with a local representative from Nepal and a leader in Kabilash. We have commitments from the village leaders for participation and labor from the villagers to see completion of this project. The water system when it is completed will serve a school with 400 children and surrounding homes for 200 people who live in the village.

Project Outline

  • We scoped out the project and determined the needs, capabilities of the locals and availability of material.
  • We designed a surface water system to carry water from the closest spring and deliver it to a storage tank in the center of the village.
  • We purchased 4,500 feet of HDPE pipe and fittings in Nepal and had it delivered to the project site.
  • We designated a local leader and local team to install the system.
  • We sent a four person team from our organization to the site to see first hand, participate in the start of the project, inspect the site and photograph the results.
  • We will return in approximately 10 months to inspect the final results and hopefully expand the project to serve the surrounding communities of over 2,000 people.

Action Plan

  • raise funds
  • design system
  • order and deliver supplies
  • installation
  • verification


Rick M. - Project Manager
Madhav P. - Nepali Coordinator
Jeff N. - Chief Engineer
Cordella M. - Lead Geographer


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The Project

Images of the spring box and pipe installation from Nepal, May 2016.

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Welcome Ceremony

Images of the welcome ceremony in Kabilash Nepal, May 2016.

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Images from the field trip to Jomson Nepal, May 2016.

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The People

Photos of the people of Nepal, May 2016.

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  • Project Summary

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  • Action Plan

    • raise funds
    • design system
    • order and deliver supplies
    • installation
    • verification

  • What We Did

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  • What We Learned

    We learned the people of Kabilash, Nepal are a close cooperative of people in need of assistance improving their access to clean drinking water. The villagers enthusiastically volunteered their services, access to land, on-hand supplies, and hospitality. The area has received no support since the 2015 earthquake. The school provides education to 440 students from the surrounding villages, some students walk 2 hours each way to attend class. The village is very remote and is only accessible by a steep dirt road 3 hours outside Kathmandu. Given the right contacts it is possible to execute a small project in 7-days.

  • Some Details

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  • What It Cost

    All funds donated were spent directly on the project. This includes the visit by our team, purchase of construction supplies, delivery, labor, parts and fittings. Our team is made 100% of volunteers who bring experience, skills and work side-by-side with the local poject team.

  • Costs

    The project consists of a two week onsite visit to assess the project in person, establish relationships, negotiate with vendors, appoint a local project team and project coordinator and purchase and deliver supplies. The pipe, valves, cement, concrete all cost $4,000. Cost for the onsite visit, transportation and room & board cost $4,500. Our team collected data, worked side-by-side with the local team to ensure appropriate construction and verify the results. We purchased $500 worth of items to bring back and use in our fundraising events scheduled for later this year where we hope to raise $10,000 to fund 6 additional pipe installations to the most remote areas of the village.

  • Data We Collected

    We sampled and tested water at public fountains. We collected GPS geographic data to establish elevations and locations of the project site, surrounding area and water test sites. We photographed and documented the surrounding area of the Kabilash village. We Collection contact information for pipe supplies, laborers, administrative contacts, hotels, supply vendors, transportation providors and local contacts.

  • Photo Album

    We have uploaded 363 photos of the project to our website. VIEW PHOTOS