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Community. Tribe. Team. These are words we don't use nearly enough in our daily lives. They are reoccuring in the CLEAN DRINK vocabulary and drive our every effort. The more we band together, the more we stand to accomplish. Join us. You will love how it feels.
PARDULE Village is Drinking Clean - August 2018
During our campaign in April, we arrived at the village of Pardule in the Surket district of Nepal with just one last MSR SE200 machine. Unfortunately, earlier in the trip we managed to damage the $1 fuse in the unit so it was not opperational. We vowed to return, although the people of Pardule probably didn't believe we would. Sereral INGOs had said the same.
This week, after pushing through the monsoons, our lead field operations manager, Vishu Sijali, finally made it to Pardule with a functioning water purifier and the funds to purchase a new water tank. We're happy to report, the people of Pardule are now drinking clean water.
In this part of Nepal, waterborne illnesses are responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, mostly young kids. For the people of Pardule, their chance of avoiding such illnesses has been greatly reduced.
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The Shree Jung Primary School in Jhapa, Nepal is DRINKING CLEAN. May - 2018
It takes a lot of good people to do the things we do. Luckily for us our community continues to grow. And with it, so too does our positive impact. This week we get to share more good news. During our CLEAN DRINK trip in April, we left two MSR SE200 Community Chlorine makers with our friends at Portal Bikes in Kathmandu. Founded by Colorado natives Emily and Caleb Spear, Portal Bikes creates transportation and shelter solutions for the people of Nepal. Their staff comes from all over the country and their knowledge of rural communities and remote schools has proven an indispensible asset for the CLEAN DRINK project.
Last week, Portal Bike's Tenjing Gurung traveled to a remote school with an MSR SE200 unit. He used it as the star attraction in a small health fair where teachers and volunteers spoke to the students about clean water, dental hygiene, and other important health-related topics. By the end of the day, thanks to Tenjing's efforts, the Shree Jung school and the surrounding community now have access to safe, clean water.
As we push this project forward, with your help, schools will continue to play an important role. We believe in the power of kids. Schools in themselves are proof that communities are making positive efforts to better the lives of their youth. Schools are also social centers where the MSR SE200 can be leveraged to supply safe water and chlorine for an entire community. In the future we hope to use schools as launch pads to get more MSR SE200 units into the surrounding areas.
Kumu Gabar: Clean Water Arrives on the Edge of the Bardia Tiger Preserve - April 2018
The people of Kumu Gabar are superb hosts. While visiting their small community on the edge of the Bardia Tiger preserve, they went so far as to catch fresh fish from a local river for our midday lunch. Everything they do is for the betterment of their community and those who come to visit. Helping them with their water issues wasn't a gift, but a trade. They gave us hospitality, we gave them the tools to empower themselves with clean water.
There are more than 300 people in the extended community of Gabar and now they're drinking clean water and helping to tell other villagers in the area how important it is to treat their water. We have plans to return to Gabar very soon. Other villages nearby want help. And we're going to give it to them. And maybe get a fresh lunch in the exchange.
All of these efforts require your support to make them happen. You can make your own impact in three ways:
Share our positive stories with your own tribe.
Give to the CLEAN DRINK project to ensure we get to the schools and communities in need.
Go on one of our LAST MILE trips and hand deliver clean water solutions, just as Tenjing did.