On the way to Khorla | Water Missions in Nepal

As the rain increased, so did the intensity of our search. We jogged from house to house through the small village of Arkhet, knocking on doors and asking if anyone had a tractor we could use. It was 10pm and a tractor was the only vehicle that could transport our water treatment system down the ravine and across the river to the helicopter landing zone where we would be met at sunrise the next morning. Continue Reading…

Devastation from earthquakes | Water Missions in Nepal

In the November 2014 issue of Forbes Magazine, Nepal was listed as one of “the 10 Coolest Places to Visit in 2015.” With eight of the world’s tallest peaks, including Mount Everest, the Earth’s highest mountain, Nepal is widely known for attracting mountain climbers, adventure seekers and ever golfers. The official Nepal tourism slogan, “Once Is Not Enough,” speaks to the fact that those who have had the opportunity to visit Nepal inevitably want to return.

This slogan holds true for Water Missions engineer Tim Darms and supporter Jordan Romero – two individuals with very different stories, but who are both determined to help ensure a healthy future for the Nepali people.

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View from Keura, Nepal | Nepal Earthquake

Written by Michael Steele, engineer in Nepal, with Tara Jones

We woke up at 3 A.M. On purpose.

We drove three hours down into the valley and were met by the people at the base of the mountain. The road to their community had been washed out by a recent landslide, which left a path of rock to climb by foot. Women and men grabbed our gear, tied it to their backs and began the trek up to the village. After three hours, we reached the community of Keura, where about 575 people lived. Continue Reading…

Pokhari girl drinks safe water | Nepal Earthquake

Over the weekend, our team in Nepal diligently worked to bring the people of Pokhari safe water after the devastating earthquake on April 25th. Photographer Bobby Neptune documents the difficult journey to see safe water flowing.

For hours, our truck undulated back and forth over the rough roads. There is a point where the bones in your body begin to creak and moan from the pain of the endless hiccupping from one pothole to the next. We were on our way to Pokhari, a small village south of Gorkha town in east central Nepal. Continue Reading…

Pokhari, Nepal | Nepal Earthquake Devastation

It’s now been 20 days since the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the country of Nepal. Since then, our team has flown in, shipped dozens of water treatment systems over, endured more quakes, and traveled to communities with the most urgent needs. Continue Reading…

A mother and her sons.

Jennifer Lawson and her husband Doug are currently serving with Water Missions in Uganda. Jennifer is a mother to two young boys and was kind enough to be a guest writer for us this week as we celebrate mothers around the world for Mother’s Day. 

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Nepal Earthquake | View of the Himalayas

Craig Williams, Water Missions’ Logistics Director, is in Nepal following April 25th’s devastating earthquake. Senior Technician Tosa Surbakti and Project Engineer Tim Darms have joined him to begin assessing communities’ needs as they await Water Missions equipment in transit. Below is the most recent communications we have received from him.

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Craig Williams, Water Missions’ Logistics Director, has been on the ground in Nepal since Sunday. Late last night we received communication from him with an extended update on how the relief efforts are going. His story provides insight into what the life of a relief worker in the midst of disaster looks like.

 

After two full days on the ground our operations are now falling into place. Our partnerships are emerging and we have a sense of direction for where we will be responding. Continue Reading…

Scotty Parker | A boy and his bike

Peter Conway (below left), known for biking across America, recently traveled to Honduras with Scotty Parker (above), the Parker family and Water Missions International’s staff to visit the communities Scotty’s “Ride for Water” bike campaign supported. One year ago, Scotty rode across South Carolina on his bike to raise awareness for those without safe water. His fundraising goal was $25,000, and he raised $69,000, enough to provide safe water for two communities in Honduras and a community in Africa. Conway wrote this guest post telling the story of their trip and the impact safe water has had on the communities. Continue Reading…

Ayilo Settlement Camp

When violence broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, tens of thousands of people fled into neighboring Uganda for safety. They are now housed in various settlements around Adjumani, approximately 440 kilometers north of Kampala, near the border with South Sudan. Continue Reading…