Phoolbari, Nepal

Shree Janajagriti Primary School

The University of Florida Engineers Without Borders Nepal Team is proud to be serving the community of Phoolbari, Nepal in their efforts to bring clean and accessible water to the Shree Janajagriti Primary School. Phoolbari is a village located in rural Nepal, nearly a three hour drive from Kathmandu, the closest major city. In Phoolbari, many water sources are turbid and contain harmful bacteria such as fecal coliform. These water sources are also very few and far away, with the closest water source to the primary school being nearly a 30 minute walk through mountainous terrain. This lack of a clean and accessible water source at the primary school has lead to several cases of preventable waterborne illnesses among the student population and has put a strain on the students, teachers, and community members of Phoolbari. By seeking a long-term solution to this problem, the community hopes to eradicate all cases of waterborne illness at the school, and supply the students with clean drinking water. 

The 5 year partnership will be split into two assessment trips, two implementation trips, and one monitoring and evaluation trip as follows:

Assessment (May 2017 and May 2018):

In May of 2017, members of the Nepal team traveled to Phoolbari to examine these issues and develop a preliminary plan for implementation. This past May of 2018, members of the Nepal team returned for a secondary assessment and are on their way in designing a sustainable solution to the problems at the primary school. This solution will take place in two phases--initial implementation and secondary implementation. 

Implementation (May 2019 and May 2020):

In the upcoming primary implementation trip in May of 2019, members of the Nepal team will construct a rainwater catchment system on the roof of the school campus and outfit it with two first-flush filtration systems, two 5000L high density polyethylene tanks with concrete basins and tap stands, and a combination of bio-sand and ceramic filters. During secondary implementation in May of 2020, the team hopes to expand the school's water supply by constructing a 40kL ferro-cement tank below grade to give the students access to 50kL of water. 

In addition to implementation, the Nepal team seeks to help the teachers of the primary school in sanitation education by highlighting certain water and sanitation hygiene (WASH) principles that are related to the ongoing project. 

Monitoring and Evaluation (May 2021):

After the secondary implementation trip, the team will travel to Phoolbari once more to monitor and evaluate the implemented systems. A large part of the project is sustainability therefore it is important to measure the success and long-term functionality of each component of the implemented systems.