OUR PROJECTS

2016 Kabilash, Nepal project team.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Our Board Members, Rick, Madhav, and Bob funded these projects. We believe in what we are doing and our passion is backed-up by contributions made by each of our Board Members.

Cuba May 2018

Our team will return to Cuba May 25, 2018 along with our first group of Project Participants. Our group of (13) will travel from Miami to Varadero, Cuba under a religious visa by invitation of the Episcopal Bishop of Cuba. We will travel into the barrio of Limonar, one of the poorest sections of Matanzas, where we will install (2) clean drinking water filter systems. Then the team will travel by bus to Havana for 3 nights where they will install (2) new clean drinking water filter systems in the barrio of Luyano, one of the poorest sections of Havana. After completing the work projects the team will relax in Havana and enjoy some sightseeing, good Cuban food and the company of our new friends. Follow our blog and keep tabs on the project as the team posts photos and stories from Cuba.
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Honduras July 2018

We will make our 16 trip to Our Little Roses Orphanage in San Pedro Sula, Honduras where we will install a clean drinking water filter system. We will join a group of youths from the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea who will visit Our Little Roses (OLR) for a week. OLR has been caring for girls rescued from the streets of San Pedro Sula for over 30 years. The home has facilities for 75 girls and they also operate a day school on the property. Our water filter system will provide a clean drinking water source for the home reducing their dependency on buying bottled water.

Nepal Oct 2018

We will make our third visit to the Nuwakot District of Nepal in October 2018, and up to 14 travelers are invited to join us on this trip (cost is approximately $3,900 per person).

Working through Water For Small Villages, Inc. last year, our Nepal project was successful in providing water to the 1,000 residents of Aapchour. The people from Aapchour then went down river and helped the people in the next village of Dhokare Bari. This October 2018, we will work with the people of Dhokare Bari to assess their water issues, repair the broken water pump, and install a water tank to provide water to the people in the village. We are working to raise $11,000 for 400 meters of HDPE water pipe, material to build a 1,500 gallon water storage tank, labor to reapir the solar array, airfare for 3 team members, room and board, in- country transportation, and water test kits. READ MORE...

COMPLETED PROJECTS

Cuba February 2018 Water filter project LINK)
Aapchour, Nepal 2017 (volunteering with Water For Small Villages, Inc. LINK)
Kabilash, Nepal 2016 (volunteering with Water For Small Villages, Inc. LINK)
Various projects in Haiti 2009-2015 (volunteering with Water For Small Villages, Inc. LINK)
San Pedro Sula, Honduras 2005-2017 Leading groups to Our Little Roses Orphanage LINK

PROJECTS BEING CONSIDERED

We always have a list of projects being considered. Our Water Team proposes future project ideas and other people recommend or request projects for us to consider. We have a method for assessing projects for consideration, and a 5-step process for developing our projects. When projects are ready, we start our fundraising, and then -- it gets done. Read more on how to suggest a project or read more about our project selection methodology.
Pueblo Nuevo Honduras, June 2018, Cape Town South Africa 2019, Nepal, 2019, Tacloban Philippines, 2020 (LINK),

OUR PROJECT SELECTION METHODOLOGY

Our method for selecting projects is to first assess the needs of the community and assess our ability to offer a solution. If approved, It becomes an approved pending project. Once a project is approved, we incrementally add more detail to do a detailed assessment. The project team works remotely with the community via email, text message, or phone to discuss possible solutions and assess the community's ability to own and maintain a water system. Once we have enough details, we design a solution based on available materials, local traditions, and the most suitable technology. Finally, we put together a detailed plan and a budget. Once the funds are available (fundraising must take place), we schedule then execute the project. We typically only do fundraising for specific projects. We only incur costs and expenses when we are executing a project, so we don't do general or non-specific fundraising for our organization. For more detail on how we assess a project read our 10-Question Project Decision Tree (pdf) .