Research and Exploratory Projects
Research and exploration are key components of the team culture at One Step Projects (OSP). Through strategic partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and subject-matter experts, we aim to develop affordable, replicable, and innovative solutions to serve communities around the world.
How OSP Operates
Everyone at One Step Projects is encouraged to suggest exploratory projects because research and exploration are key values at OSP. While becoming a full-fledged project, an exploratory project goes through six general stages:
- Identify a community to work in and establish local connections and partners.
- Thoroughly understand the community’s problems and needs through data, interviews, and assessment.
- Collaborate with experts to design solutions that fit our philosophy of creating solutions that are affordable, replicable, and innovative. Solutions should be community-driven, teachable in any language, and require minimal maintenance.
- Travel to the community for assessment and implementation. The key focus is on teaching the community how to personally implement and maintain these technologies.
- Conduct annual survey and maintain weekly contact with community leaders to ensure project success. Each year, reassess strengths and weaknesses, adjust accordingly, and enable the community to achieve autonomy. Projects should be designed to be autonomous within 5 years, or sooner.
- Replicate solutions in other relevant communities and improve approach based on challenges encountered.
After the devastating earthquakes throughout Nepal in 2015, One Step Projects volunteers partnered with nonprofits and medical teams on the ground to provide aid to 11 areas in Nepal. Some highlights included:
- Remotely coordinated medical aid delivery directly after the earthquakes.
- Organized fundraisers and vigils within the U.S. to raise awareness and maximize aid aggregation.
- Helped provide semi-permanent housing for a village of nearly 500 households in Semjong, Dhading District, Nepal.
- Provided assistance to rebuild 6 schools throughout Gorkha.
- Conducted site assessments and surveys for potential future projects in Nalang, Dhading; Badegaun, Sindhupalchok; and Pimaltar, Central Region, Nepal.
Following these activities, One Step Projects partnered with Global TIES at University of California, San Diego to collaborate with engineering students to develop customized solutions for Badegaun, Sindhupalchok.