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About Wine To Water

Wine To Water’s US staff, although small in number, shares a huge passion for bringing clean water to folks in need. Our passion unites us and brings us joy as we work with our local partners on the ground. Wine To Water has worked in 25 countries and have provided clean water to over 600,000 people since our inception. We find it a privilege to currently work in 5 regions (The Amazon, Dominican Republic/Haiti, East Africa, Nepal and Cambodia) to support over 30 field staff on 4 continents, as we all work hard to fight this epidemic together.

Our Mission

Wine To Water is committed to serving in community to provide water to those in need.

What We Do

Each project is unique, but the common theme is that we use local people in each country. We develop leaders in the community and educate them on proper water and sanitation methods to promote sustainability. Our work empowers the local community to help them meet their ongoing needs.

With every project, the common thread in our work is

ensuring that the proper type of water system is used for each specific community.

Our methods include shallow & deep wells, well repairs, ceramic water filters, bio-sand filters, Sawyer filters, and rain-water harvest tanks.

We also improve sanitation using latrine and hygiene education.

We use local materials whenever possible.

We monitor and report on all our projects.

We are constantly developing our programs and striving for more efficient systems.

We have water projects in 25 countries

Belize, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Uganda, United States, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

How We Began

Doc Hendley is the founder and international president of Wine To Water. In 2003 he dreamed up the concept of the organization while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. The first fundraiser was held in January of 2004 and by August of that year, Doc was living in Darfur, Sudan installing water systems for victims of the government supporting genocide. When Doc returned home in August of 2005, the haunting memories of what he had seen in Darfur drove him to continue building the organization he had started two years earlier.

In 2007, Wine To Water became an official 501(c)3 non-profit. In 2009, Doc and the work of the Wine To Water team was recognized by the CNN Heroes program, launching the organization’s efforts globally. Doc’s dream, and the goal of Wine To Water, is to quench the thirst of those in need.

The W|W team (missing Courtney Mattar, Emma Henry, and Doc Hendley)

Meet the Wine To Water Team

Madi Barker

After interning as the Operations Intern during her final semester at Appalachian State University, Madi accepted the offer to come on board as the Development Manager. She works primarily to empower our professional chapters across the country to engage their communities in serving those in need. She is passionate about understanding others and finding ways to connect people’s strengths and skills to transform lives with clean water.

Katy Cook

Katy is a native to Boone, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Public Relations, Nonprofit Management. She first began volunteering with Wine To Water in high school and is one of our longest-serving supporters. With a passion to organize and create efficient systems, she came on staff in April 2015 as the Administrative Director.

David Cuthbert

David is a former Navy Special Operations Officer and currently serves as the CEO. He joined W|W in September 2014, inspired by its team and purpose to serve others. He loves to be a part of a team committed to doing something great.

Josh Elliott

Josh began volunteering with Wine To Water as a student in 2009. He started the first W|W student club at Appalachian State University. Today, he serves as the International Operations Director and ​insures that all ​of our ​projects ​are implemented in an empowering way. He is dedicated to building the Wine To Water community, sharing our story, helping folks in need, and riding his Harley as much as possible while doing it.

Jason English

Jason serves as the lead pastor of The Heart Church in Boone and is an instructor in Communications at Appalachian State University. He has a heart for people and reaching them right where they are while encouraging them to be who God created them to be. Aligning with his passions, Jason serves the staff of W|W with personal encouragement, biblical wisdom, and spiritual guidance.

Doc Hendley

As a student trying to find his calling, Doc learned about the global water crisis while balancing his studies with bar-tending in Raleigh, NC. Captured by the cause, he decided to take action the way he knew best: pouring drinks and playing music for a benefit event. After the surprisingly large success of his first event, Doc found himself in the heart of the Darfur war conflict in 2004 serving to provide water to those in desperate need.

Upon returning to the US, Wine To Water was born in Boone, NC. Since his initial efforts, Doc has traveled around the world helping combat the water crisis, impacting both our local communities and those abroad. He is relentless in his pursuit to ensure clean water to those in need.

Emma Henry

Emma started with Wine to Water in July of 2017 as the Volunteer Program Manager. She is originally from New Hampshire and moved to Boone in 2014 with her husband, Tom. For the past 7 years Emma has worked in both the corporate and non-profit world developing and implementing staff and volunteer trainings. She has experience in traveling both domestically and internationally to train staff and lead volunteer programs. Emma is very passionate about living in community and caring for the needs of others.

Shane Hillman
Shane started working with Wine To Water in the fall of 2015 as the Program Development Manager. In addition to helping maintain international operations, Shane is our personal chocolatier and loves making healthy, organic Community Well chocolate to raise funds for water projects.

Eric Huxley

Eric serves as the Director of Operations. Originally from California, Eric has lived and worked extensively throughout Central and South American and the Caribbean on various development and relief projects. He studied Geography and Development as an undergrad at the University of California at San Diego and later as a graduate student at the University of Arizona. He is passionate about serving in community to practically meet the needs of people throughout the world. Eric currently lives in Boone with his wife and two young daughters.

Courtney Mattar

While a student at Appalachian State University, Courtney began hosting small fundraisers for Wine To Water after witnessing the water crisis first hand in Ghana. Her passion to serve and help fight the water crisis led Courtney to start the W|W High Country Chapter in 2015 and now he serves as the Donor Relations Coordinator. Courtney resides in Boone with her husband and daughter.

Lisa Merritt

Lisa currently lives in Raleigh, NC and serves as the Director of Volunteer Programs. She has been coordinating volunteers internationally since 2005 and is passionate about connecting people to service opportunities around the world, while exposing them to the global water crisis.

Tina Owen

Tina has worked with incredible non-profits around the globe and in North Carolina. She recently volunteered in the Dominican Republic with Wine To Water for five months as part of a family sabbatical with her husband and three teenage children. Having lived in rural Africa, Central America, and the Dominican Republic; she is passionate about building partnerships and leveraging resources so together we can be part of community transformation in our own neighborhoods and around the world. She now serves as the Director of Grants and Fund Development for Wine To Water.

Matt Wagoner

Matt is originally from South Carolina, but moved to Boone after falling in love with his wife, Ashley. He loves outdoor activities, good food, and creating new things. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his new baby girl. He is the owner of Fire Tower Creative and came to Wine To Water to help capture stories that motivate change in the world.

The Global Water Crisis

Out of the 7.3 billion people on earth, 2.5 billion lack access to basic sanitation and 783 million lack access to clean water. Every 20 seconds a child dies of a waterborne illness and 443 million school days are lost each year from water related illnesses.

Since 2004, Wine To Water has provided over 600,000 people with access to clean water.


Motto: “Mother and Motherland are Greater than Heaven”

Capital: Kathmandu

Population: 27,500,000

Currency: Nepalese Rupee

Religion: Hinduism

Government Structure: Republic

Total GDP: $62.384 billion

Per Capita: $743

Official Language: Nepali

Popular Sports: Cricket & Soccer

Staple Foods: Lentils, Rice, Vegetables

Major Exports: Carpets, clothing, hemp, leather goods, jute goods, and grain

Major Imports: Gold, machinery, petroleum, and fertilizer

Meet the Nepal Team

Kaushal Singh

My name is Kaushal Singh. I am pursuing my Masters degree in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Working in development sector was my dream and I lived it when I started working with Wine to Water Nepal as an intern. I count myself lucky that after my internship I joined this wonderful team as an Assistant Program Officer and feel privileged to be able to work with my values and the things that I believed in.

Ram C Timilsina

I am Ram Chandra Timilsina earned a bachelors degree from Tribhuwan University (Nepal) in social science. I am an ambitious and energetic youth entrepreneur, love to travel around and explore different places. I am a people-oriented person and it’s been almost a decade that I’m in this hospitality business. A travel agent who loves to show people beautiful corners of my country. Currently, I am involved in Wine To Water Nepal as a volunteer logistics manager.

Roshani Karki Sapkota

Roshani is an environmental science student and currently manages an office with her husband. The Wine to Water Nepal team has been using her office for daily operations during the relief efforts. She is helping the team with organizing meetings, contacting local coordinators, and record keeping. She is fun to be around and is a great singer.


Day 1

PM: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2

AM: Travel to Chitwan National Forest
PM: Orientation and Cultural History

Day 3

AM: Work Project (digging wells, well repair, etc.)
PM: Work Project

Day 4

AM: Work Project
PM: WaSH (Water and Sanitation Hygiene) Implementation

Day 5

AM: Project Follow-Up
PM: Project Follow-Up

Day 6

AM: Work Project
PM: Work Project

Day 7

AM: Work Project
PM: Project Follow-Up / WaSH

Day 8

AM: Final Reflections
PM: Tourist Activity

Day 9

AM: Tourist Activity
PM: Travel to Kathmandu

Day 10

AM: Everest Flight/Monkey Temple/Shopping
PM: Depart Kathmandu

Frequently Asked Questions

What should a team pack?
Work clothes, face masks, shorts, warm jacket, toiletries, notebook, reusable water bottle, work shoes (tennis shoes are fine), sunscreen, bath towel, camera (optional), hat, sunglasses, personal medications, and passport. You do not need to bring pillows or bedding; those will all be provided for you.

What airport should we plan to fly into?
Kathmandu, Nepal (KTM)

Is there an age requirement?
Individual: As an individual, you are required to be age 18 or older.
Group: Age requirements are dependent on the leader of the group. Keep in mind that Wine To Water requires anyone age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

Is there a dress code?
WOMEN -shorts, flip-flops, or running shoes are fine for walk around. Jeans or shorts may be worn on work projects. Sweatshirts or warm jacket is recommended for the cool evenings.
MEN -Guys can wear pants or jeans shorts, flip-flops, or running shoes. Jeans or shorts may be worm on work project. Sweatshirts or warm jacket is recommended for the cool evenings.
SUGGESTED CLOTHES TO BRING: Work clothes, old jeans or shorts, old T-shirts, work gloves, work shoes, hat, sunglasses, masks, long sleeve shirts.

Will a children’s program need to be prepared? If so, for how many children? What ages? What is the environment like? (indoors with desks or outdoors on a soccer field?)
Yes! You will have an opportunity to do a children’s program at community schools. The children range in age from 2–15. Depending on the location/school will determine how many children will be present, but usually we plan for 100 students to implement WASH programs to kids and train them on water and sanitation. We might have the opportunity to play soccer, cricket, do crafts, or other local games.

Do we need a visa to enter your country?
For a US citizen, you do not need to apply for a visa before coming down. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be given a tourist visa for 30–90 days for $25 USD. Your passport must be valid.

What vaccinations and medications are needed?
We recommend that you check with your doctors (ideally 4–6 weeks before departure) for any personal medications, letting them know where and when you will be traveling.

Required Vaccinations and Medications:
-Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine
-Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
-Hepatitis A and B
-Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis vaccine
-Malaria medicine (taken orally before, during, and after your trip)

Recommendations for other medications:
-Diarrhea/Stomach medication
-Anything for dehydration

What is the recommended group size? Is there a max or minimum number that you can host?
We ask that group sizes stay around 7–10 people. Please email us if you have any questions or special requests.

What are the living conditions like?
You will most likely be staying at Hotel Lemon Tree with your team, interns, and the Site Coordinators in Kathmandu. There are showers with hot water, twin beds, US capable outlets, wifi, and a lobby. Volunteers will most likely be staying in hotels in Chitwan where beds, pillows are provided. Some hotels provide towels, and others do not, so please bring your own towel. There may be air conditioning and slow but moderate WiFi available.

What is the weather like?
We recommend you checking the weather online before you come down. During June, July, and August, it is summer time in Nepal, which means the warm (up to 90F) and also lot’s of monsoon rain. Winters (December — February) are cold and may get to 10–15F. October and November are fall like weather in Nepal.

What will meals be like?
You will get to experience some of the best food in the world! Nepali food is delicious! Meals are prepared with the utmost care. You will have opportunities to try food that is typical to Nepal, which is usually Lentil soup (Dhal), rice, curry (Chicken or vegetable) and chutney.

Will there be snacks to purchase?
There will be a few opportunities to purchase your own snacks with your own spending money. We also recommend you buy only packaged items or bring snacks from home.

Is there a way to contact home?
Most places we will stay have wifi services but often times the bandwidth is slow. Even though wifi is available in most places, we encourage volunteers to “unplug” as much as possible while serving.

Are the electrical outlets the same as they are in the US?
Some outlets can different, but most of the time you will be able to plug in your devices right into the wall. Many times outlets are limited and it is encouraged to bring a portable charger for long days without electricity.

What type of payments are accepted in your country?
You will want to bring clean cash (not torn and no markings). Smaller bills ($20 or less) are preferred. You also want to do the exchange to Nepali rupees, which you can do in the airport or in the city of Kathmandu. Credit and Debit cards are rarely accepted, but there are ATM machines available. We do not recommend checks, travelers’ checks or money orders, they are difficult to use!! The currency in Nepal is rupees. The exchange rate is usually around Rs 100.00 to $1US. We recommend you exchange just a small amount in the airport if needed, but wait until your arrival to Kathmandu for a better rate.

What can a team bring to donate?
First-aid kits, hygiene kit items, hand sanitizers, color pencils, books etc. We have a “Wish List” that is created by the ground team that has larger ticket items they need. Email for an updated list.

Volunteer Information

Since the spring 2015 earthquakes that rocked Nepal and devastated the countryside, Wine To Water has established operations in Nepal and has provided water to tens of thousands of people there. With all that has been accomplished, the work is far from over. Wine To Water is excited to invite you to join us in Nepal and make a significant difference in the lives of many. In addition, you will have the rare opportunity to learn about development in country post such a significant event. This is an experience you will never forget and one that you will truly grow from. We hope you will serve with us and make a difference for those in need.

Contact Information

Wine To Water

Lisa Merritt
Volunteer Programs Director
770.851.4132 (US Cell)

Kaylie Kushmer
Volunteer Program Coordinator

David Cuthbert
President and CEO
747 West King Street, Suite #200
Boone, NC 28607 USA

Wine To Water Nepal

Roshani Karki Sapkota
Program Manager
+977- 9841466504 (Nepal)

Ram Chandra Timilsina
Volunteer Logistics Manager

Kaushal Singh
Assistant Program Officer
Samakhusi-29, Kathmandu, Nepal

Lemon Tree Hotel
House №94, Paknajol Marg Shree Ratna Marg, Thamel Kathmandu 44600, Nepal 
Phone: 01–4701505

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