Water filters for Nepal schools

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Raised by 36 people in 37 months
Hello, my name is Taysia!

I am here trying to raise money to buy water filters that will be distributed to schools in Nepal by my friend Kara. 


Meet 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!
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Namaste! Hello everyone!
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
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Namaste from Nepal! Sorry for the long silence. I had expected decent wifi connection during trekking but the mountains have shown me otherwise. I have just returned from trekking. Kara and I distributed half of the filters in route or in langtang. In the photo you can see the land slide that covered all but one home in langtang during last years earthquakes. It was very emotional to walk through to the area because along the way we walked over about ten to fifteen landslides. Langtang itself was completely covered but the towns leading up to it you could see the remains of the houses half Covered and pulled apart by the land slides. I had some painful moments looking at little kids shoes and a backpack amongst the rocks. So many beautiful lives lost and so many left to suffer the loss. Along the way it was so real. The man running the lodge we would stay in would tell us about how he lost his home or a woman that cooked us lunch would tell us on two hands how many family members she lost. We distributed 23 filters to schools in rushwa, the area leading into langtang reservation area. We distributed 12 to individuals/ families in remote areas in route to langtang. Many of these people are people from langtang that have been displaced by the landslides and have lost everything. Many that have been displaced have moved back to the city and don't want to rebuild their lives where they have lost so many family members. Others like the ones we distributed to will wait years in hope of getting some government aid and are trying to work to rebuild their lives. Currently there are only eight homes being rebuilt at langtang. We distributed eight filters to the women of these households. I am now in pokhara, Nepal's second largest city. The monsoon season is starting over here now. Each monsoon season creates waves of cholera and other water born diseases that spreads particularly quick amongst the children. So Monday Kara and I will be meeting with the school director of an area nearby and we will be distributing to around twelve schools here that have need. That's my update for now. Sending out big hugs to everyone back home. Thank you so much for your support and love! Nepal sends you a kiss! - Taysia
Langtang before and after
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80 filters have arrived and are all packed up to go! I jump on a plane to Nepal tomorrow with huge bags and a excited heart. Here is a picture of me ...as my dad likes to say..."hamming it up" with the filters. haha. I hope he realizes I get that from his side of the family ;). in the picture you can see there are two kinds of filters. mainly I will be distributing sawyer water filters. the second kind has the same technology as the sawyer water filter without the brand name. these are called village filters. i'm looking forward to kara being able to go back and check on how these filters compare to the sawyer filter after some time. that way we can see if they seem to be as efficient/ last as long and help us know if I should invest in these for future trips. pretty important. cheaper filters with same quality= more people we can get clean water to. that is huge! I will send a few updates with pictures when I get a chance along my trek. I will be staying at tea houses and heard a few have some precious wifi I might be able to get access to . every day is a gift so please go enjoy the day. sending you love! -Taysia
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And the winner of the raffle trip to Cancun goes to..... Marilyn Bockstahler!! Yay!!!! Thank you all for helping me raise the money for all the filters. Special thanks to my friend Kim for donating the trip that helped us push the funding enough to get two big water tanks! It is special for me to have had the chance to raffle this trip away. Specifically it is special knowing it's going to someone that supported me. Thank you so much! Thank you for all the love and I'm sending love back!
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Kim Anderson-Woods
36 months ago

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

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Chris Bleshenski
37 months ago

How awesome that you've raised nearly $3,000! And, even more awesome that someone has donated a trip to Cancun!!

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37 months ago
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James Brown
37 months ago

Great work, Taysha - you are an amazing kid. Thank you for being such a great ambassador to the cause of saving lives.

Kim Anderson-Woods
36 months ago

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

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Chris Bleshenski
37 months ago

How awesome that you've raised nearly $3,000! And, even more awesome that someone has donated a trip to Cancun!!

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