Due to the continuing global pandemic, our work in 2021 has been limited to working with our established contacts in Nepal. We provided a second round of emergency food delivery to the people of Kabilash and we funded a water project in the village of Kalika. We are closely monitoring the global COVID-19 recovery and we hope to resume our normal water project activities by early 2022. For now we are working remotely and trying to respond to requests working through our local project teams on the ground in regions we have established projects. THANK YOU to people and organizations that continued to support our efforts, whom without we would not be able to provide the assistance so desperately needed. We hope to be able to thank you in person soon. Until then, we hope these photos bring a smile to your faces, knowing you are responsible for bringing smiles to the people helped by our projects.

June 2021 Kabilash emergency food assistance.

In February 2021 we received a request from Mahdav Khanal, the Kabilash Water Committee Chairman, to bring help to the villagers in Kalika, Nepal, a region over the hill and about 1 hour from Besi Kateri. The only access to water they had in the village was walking 1 hour down a dangerous trail and fetching water from a pond, bringing it back to the village in buckets. Khanal identified the need for $1200 in funding to help the village purchase plastic HDPE pipe to help route water to the village and installing a faucet and water meter. Just 2 weeks later we received photos and video of a running faucet, the first ever installed in the village. The water was routed from a water tank located in Math Bhantyang, a neighboring village. A pump is turned on 3 times each day delivering running water that the villagers then collect in buckets to take to the homes. There are 40 homes in Kalika and they now have easy access to the first faucet in the village.
2021 Math Bhantyang water tank project.

Math Bhantyang water tank that also supplies water to Kalika village.

Math Bhantyang water tank that also supplies water to Kalika village.

Later in the year we plan on helping them install a water tank in the village so a supply of water can be maintained to provide drinking water, cooking water and water to care for their livestock. The flow rate is approximately 3 liters per minute when the pump is turned on and the villagers preserve every precious drop. The local government now requires water meters on all faucets to aid in calculating water consumption.

We received word that our work has caught the attention of some of the local governmental leaders and leaders from other villages. The local newspaper highlighted our water projects in the Kabilash region and the emergency food assistance we provided.