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Help save this village by diverting destructive underground and surface water that drains from surrounding mountains into the village.

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Project Details

  • Project Description:

    Ground water draining under the buildings has created structurally compromised homes in this ethnic Tibetan Himalayan village. After evaluation by an environmental engineer last year, the villagers decided the best solution was to build curtain drains around the homes. Funds are needed for renting an excavator, operator, and fuel as well as supplies and labor for building curtain drains around the base of the homes in this village. This would prevent a repeat of the devastation from the 2015 earthquake due to surface water problems.

    This project will rent the excavator and pay for the necessary supplies to build the curtain drains.  In some homes, drains will have to be built under the floor as curtain drains are not possible.  Volunteers to help in the construction of the drainage system are welcome. If sufficient funds are available, the second consideration is to construct proper sewage systems. The third consideration is to generate limited electricity for the village through a micro-hydro plant.

    The area in which this village is located is restricted access and very costly to enter. This village is very remote. Volunteers helping with this project should be in ready for physical exertion with no dietary problems. 

  • Cultural Information:

    This small Lowa village is located in Upper Mustang along the Tibetan border of Nepal. Lo- wa in Tibetan means South People. Many years ago the Himalayas were considered part of Tibet and its many ethnic Tibetan people groups lived in isolation in their small Himalayan kingdoms. As such the Lowa and other ethnic Tibetans practice Tibetan Buddhism. In particular the Lowa practice Sakya Buddhism, a Tantric form of Buddhism. Sakya Buddhism most likely became the official religion of Mustang or the “Kingdom of LO” in 1380 when Ame Pal established his kingdom in what is now known as Mustang. In the late 1800’s the first king of Nepal subjugated the 240 plus people groups of Nepal including the LO Kingdom. The first king of Nepal was so impressed by the rule of the LO Kingdom that he allowed it to remain a vassal kingdom, the only vassal kingdom allowed to remain.

    The Lowa people live in high arid altitudes and are farmers and shepherds however in the winter time they leave the cold altitudes as seminomadic traders, travelling to warmer climates in Nepal and India to buy and sell wares. They live a hard life making the most of what they have to work with. They live in stone homes plastered with mud or dung. Life in Mustang is much like it was hundreds of years ago.

    The earthquake in 2015 had a particularly devastating effect on the homes in Ghiling. Every home was damaged and most had severe damage. Miraculously every person in this village was outside their homes working in their fields or away for other reasons. No one was killed or injured. Had the quake occurred at night it is possible that all or most of the people would have been killed or severely injured.

  • Geographic Information:

    This high-elevation Himalayan mountain village is located in a restricted access area of the country. During the 2015 Nepal earthquake this village was almost completely destroyed. Even though many of the buildings have been rebuilt, the real problem lies in the mountain runoff water which drains from three directions into the village. For six months of the year the ground becomes oversaturated and many homes flood. This has caused great structural compromise in the foundations and walls of the buildings. When the earthquake struck, the buildings collapsed.



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Financial needs for length of the project

  • Access permits for restricted area:          $42,000    
  • Government conservation permits:          $960
  • Guide/translator fee:                              $13,500
  • 10 national construction crew:                 $22,500


  • Tractor rental:               $5,000
  • Back hoe rental:            $10,000
  • Bulldozer rental:            $10,000
  • Shovels, picks, axes:      $500
  • Water pump (2):            $4,000 
  • Generator and supplies  $20,000 

Building Supplies:

  • Rock, Sand, Cement:      $50,000
  • Pipe:                             $3,000
  • Toilets:                          $10,000
  • Tin:                               $3,000
  • Fuel:                             $3,000


You can also donate by check

  • Write check to IMB
  • Include project name on memo line


Mail to:

OneLife – IMB

PO Box 6767

Richmond, VA 23230


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