Water filters for Nepal schools
I am here trying to raise money to buy water filters that will be distributed to schools in Nepal by my friend Kara.
Kara is a 25 year old American woman that is living in Nepal working to imporve the communities access to clean water and to create an educational program to teach good hygiene.
The end of April 2016 marks the one year anniversary of the devistating Nepal earthquakes that killed more than 8,000 people. Kara plans to trek the Langtang reigion where the quake hit hardest at the end of April this year. the route is still damaged, making it hard for villagers to get supplies in and out easily and those dependent on tourism by trekers to the reigion are still feeling the effects of the quakes. Kara plans to stop at schools along the eight day trek and my goal is to help her raise money for water filters that she can distribute along the way.
please watch Kara's video. her organization for helping the local community is called backpacking for betty!
100% of the money we recieve will go to water filters. our goal is to raise $1,000. the $1,000 will buy 40 water filters. the first ten water filters will be distributed to schools along the way during the Langtang reigion trek. the remaining filters will be distributed in the Langtang reigion and in the area around Pokhara, Nepal, where they are needed most. our goal is to raise the money by April 20th, 2016.
I believe full heartedly that this is the easierst and most cost effective way to save childrens lives. world health organization states that a child dies in the world every 20 seconds from contaminated water. it would mean so much to me if you join me in helping achieve this goal of providing access to clean, safe drinking water to the children in the Langtag reigion. Thank you friend!
more info from Kara:
Backpacking 4 Betty is a hygiene project in Nepal. Our main focus is to bring water filters to schools while also increasing awareness and promoting healthy habits. We hold hygiene classes using material adapted from Unicef Wash Programs while distributing water filters and soap. The booklets are illustrated and translated into Nepalese. In schools with over 500 students, we build permanent water stations which have two sets of taps instead of leaving buckets. One area at the station is for washing hands and another for clean drinking water. We are currently adding another project which distributes and teaches girls how to make reusable menstruation pads. Lack of materials during menstruation, along with cultural observances, prevent many students from attending school. (30% of girls miss school while on their period). We will also show a video and hold a discussion in Nepalese focused on menstruation and other topics related to what happens with females during their period.
Thank you for helping the children of Nepal!
I finally made it back from my trip. it kills me that gofundme only lets me share three pictures with each update. but I wanted to say a bit more about the filters Kara and I distributed to each area. to get to Langtang we had to take a dirt road that followed the edge of mountains for many hours over a two day span. I was wedged in a truck with strangers that didn't speak English (it was fine, we bonded over lots of shared snacks and singing) and Kara bounced her way there on the back of our "guide's" motorcycle. the road conditions were such that I decided that it was safest to have my seat belt off and the window down. if the truck did go over the edge passing one of the big trucks, my only hope would have been to try to jump out the window. We distributed 23 filters to the schools in Rasuwa, the area leading into the Langtang reservation area. Many of the schools were considerable hikes up or down the mountainsides or even on mountainsides too far away for us to reach so teachers were notified to come meet us. so we went and distributed to some but not all of the schools then had meeting days where the lead teachers or principals from the surrounding schools would come meet us. it was a beautiful experience distributing to these people. you never know exactly how filter distribution is going to go. Everyone was so grateful for the filers. the teachers were very interested in the technology and impressed with how fast the filters provided clean water and at the lifespan of the filter. each school we visited blessed us and thanked us with flowers or sashes. I was very surprised and a little sad that on such a traveled tourist route to a well known trekking area that no other foreigners had ever stopped to provide clean water to these people. there are so many amazing people doing great things in the world but this was one of those moments where I thought about that saying "if you don't do it, who will". I am sad to have had to think that. but I am really, really happy to have such amazing people in my life that want to make a difference and who in this place and time did make a difference. 2,300 students in Rasuwa now have clean water. Their families are able to come get clean water from the schools so how many more now have access because of you? Thank you for providing these people with the filters and thank you for providing me with the ability do so much more than just walk by. so much love to you! -Taysia
Congratulations Marilyn Bockstahler! What a blessing that God has blessed your giving heart right back! Call me with any questions about your upcoming Cancun trip! 858-231-8576
How awesome that you've raised nearly $3,000! And, even more awesome that someone has donated a trip to Cancun!!