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SmartPhones4Water June 2017 Newsletter!

Cell Phone Donations, Monsoons, and SmartPhones4Water Research and Stories in the News! :)

We can't believe it's already been 3 months since our first newsletter! SmartPhones4Water (S4W) seeks to leverage the power of mobile technology and citizen science to enrich lives in the developing world by improving our understanding and management of water resources, and work is currently underway on our first pilot project in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal (S4W-Nepal). We appreciate your interest and support. Read on to find out what's been happening in our world and how you can get involved and help out!

Ramping Up for the 2017 Monsoon Season!

The monsoon season in the Kathmandu Valley is just beginning as you read this and will continue all summer. All of the water resources in the Kathmandu Valley enter the valley as precipitation, and a majority of that (roughly 80%) occurs during the monsoon season. We've been preparing for months now, installing precipitation gauges and building a team of citizen scientists, in order to collect precipitation data across the Kathmandu Valley to better understand water inflow from the monsoon. We also just recently completed a Pre-Monsoon Workshop on June 17th to kickoff the season. As we continue this work, there are two ways that you can be involved and help out!
 
Citizen Scientists
If you live in the Kathmandu Valley and are interested in participating in the project as a citizen scientist for the S4W-Nepal project please get ahold of us at +977 9823 623 744 or info@SmartPhones4Water.org.  During the monsoon season, citizen scientists can participate by maintaining a rain gauge that will be provided and taking daily precipitation measurements.  We are also in the middle of an outreach campaign targeting students and young professionals ages 14 through 35, as well as retired people.  If you would like S4W-Nepal to come and make a presentation (Nepali or English) to your school or workplace please let us know.  Part of our goal in the Kathmandu Valley is to engage young people, and their energy and enthusiasm, to get them excited and invested in the growing importance of wise resource management.
 
Cell Phone Donations
Do you have an old SmartPhone sitting on a shelf or in a drawer somewhere collecting dust? Well, we can use it! Immediately!  Many people living in the rural outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley are interested in becoming citizen scientists, but don't have a compatible GSM Android phone with working camera and GPS to perform the measurements. Your old SmartPhone can make a difference by providing an educational or employment opportunity for a citizen scientist and by generating critical water data in the Kathmandu Valley!

Each citizen scientist records their data observations using a SmartPhone app developed using the ODK platform (read more about this here). As our team of citizen scientists continues to expand, and as we progress into the monsoon season, we are looking for phone donations that can be used by our team to collect this important data. All phones that are able to be used in Nepal will be given to citizen scientists to record data observations; all other phones will be recycled and 100% of the funds generated will go towards continuing work in Nepal.

For SmartPhone donations in Nepal, please use the contact information above to coordinate your donation.

Phone donations from the USA or internationally can be shipped to the following address:
 
SmartPhones4Water
3881 Benatar Way, Suite G
Chico, CA 95928
USA

SmartPhones4Water Research and Stories in the News!

Some peer reviewed research and more popular level stories about our work are popping up here and there, and we'd love to have you check them out! :)

Some members of the S4W team recently had the opportunity to go on an adventure and complete the Langtang Trek in the Himalayas to the north of the Kathmandu Valley! All of the photos included in this newsletter are from the trek, and you can also check out a photo album from the trek on our Facebook page by clicking here or on the image to the right. Thanks for keeping up with us! Until next time :)
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