OUR PROJECTS2016 Kabilash, Nepal project team.
CURRENT PROJECTSWe believe in what we are doing and our passion is backed-up by contributions made by each of our Board Members and verifiable results. Our Board Members cover 100% of any overhead or organization administrative costs so 100% of all donations go directly towards our project efforts.
2019-2020 PROJECTSCuba December 2019 - we will return to Cuba in December 2019 to inspect and perform maintenance on the water purification systems we installed in 2018 and to install new systems in the area of Santiago de Cuba. We have started planning and negotiating with the local leaders and communities to plan our 4th project in Cuba. LINK
Nepal 2019-2020 - In May 2019 we shipped (50) replacement water filter cartridges to the village of Kabilash and we formed a new water committee and broke ground in Besi kateri, Nepal. In the village of Besi Kateri we will help construct our largest community water system to date. The project cost estimate is $6,650 and it will serve a community of over 400 people. This project will include a 5hp 220volt electric pump, a 13meter deep river seepage well and it will lift water 105 meter from the river up to the village. It will also include 1000 meters of 40mm pipe and a 10meter high water storage tank. Then in October of 2020, we will visit to inspect and celebrate the completion of the system. Construction of the well and water tank is planned to begin in May. When we visit Kathmandu we will also install a water purification system at a child rescue and care facility in Kathmandu. The water purification system will cost $1,000. We will inspect our previous projects and install dedication plaques at each location as we celebrate the accomplishments with each community.LINK
If you are interested in joining any of our project teams let us know - fill out a Volunteer Form. We are always happy to take volunteers and people who want to see our projects up close and in-person.
COMPLETED PROJECTSHonduras May 2019 - water system maintenance and training. LINK
Ciego de Avila, Cuba Jan 2019 3 water systems, 2 water filters LINK)
Dhokare Bari, Nepal Nov 2018 3 water systems, 30 water filters, 13 computersLINK)
San Pedro Sula, Honduras July 2018 Water filter project LINK)
Limonar, Cuba, May 2018 (3) Water filter projects LINK)
Santiago, Cuba Feb 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)
Madagascar 2010 Watershed project LINK)
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 CONSIDEREDWe are always ready to consider new projects. Our Clean Water Team reviews new project requests and suggestions each month. We have a method for assessing suggested projects, and a 5-step process for developing our projects. After a project is accepted we develop a detailed plan, we start our fundraising efforts, and then when the funds are available we get it done. We have no overhead costs and we have a team of volunteers ready to go, so it's just a matter of raising the funds to execute a project. Read more on How to Suggest a Project or read more about our project selection methodology.
San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Cuba, Flint Michigan, USA, Puerto Rico, USA, Cape Town, South Africa, Peru, Nepal, Tolear, Madagascar, Philippines, Cape Haitian, Haiti, Mongolia, India, Tanzania
OUR PROJECT SELECTION METHODOLOGYOur 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 adding more detail to the plan until we have 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), then we schedule and 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) .
RAM PUMPSWe are always exploring technology new and old that may benefit the communities we work with. Rick built a hydraulic ram pump also known as a "water hammer". This pump uses gravity and water pressure to move water up hill. This technology is over 400 years old and there are documented pumps that have been operating for over 100 years. Basically if there is a water supply that can be directed into a pipe two opposing valves can be used to create a water hammer effect, build pressure and a ram pump can move 40% of the water 10x higher than the water source. A perfect pump can move water 20x higher. We have two working pumps we like to use in demonstrations. READ MORE about this on our ram pump page. Here are links to some Youtube videos we hope will inspire you to make your own ram pump.
>>Rick's first ram pump
>>What size should your pressure chamber be?