VillageTech Solutions (VTS)

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Amazing contrast: dangling or riding in style

Amazing contrast: dangling or riding in style
The same old Thumka 'tween' carries one of its last passengers on a single pulley, an extremely dangerous procedure. Alongside, the new WireBridge carries passengers back from the inauguration. This WireBridge now provides safe access to the local school, health post, and market. (view small | med | large | orig)

The final bolts secure the carriage

The final bolts secure the carriage
VillageSolutions' Prem Gurung puts the final touches on the Sukaura WireBridge. Ten high-tensile bolts provide flexibility to the support structure and spread the load evenly across the wires. After the nuts are installed, the threads are damaged so that they won't come off from vibration or vandalism. (view small | med | large | orig)

Villagers carry assembled chair to platform

Villagers carry assembled chair to platform
The carriage is assembled on site. Two chairs are bolted together, and hang from the "Nag" (serpent) bar. The goddess of the river, the Nag is psychological insurance. The curved bars allow a narrow passage for feet, but securely hold small passengers. The roof is not for sun and rain, but rather keeps fingers away from the trolleys. (view small | med | large | orig)

Traditional Dangerous "Tween" Crossing to School

Traditional Dangerous "Tween" Crossing to School
This kind of bridge is commonplace. This is a multi-strand steel cable on which one pulley for each person rolls along. The consequence which all the villagers fear is that they too will lose a finger or much of their hand in the roller on which they sit. We replace tweens like this, with our safe WireBridges. (view small | med | large | orig)

Survey team crosses the Dordi River

Survey team crosses the Dordi River
The survey party arrives at the site for Bridge 36 at Maruwa Gairi in the low water season. Thousands of school children risk daily crossings such as this, not knowing if the river will rise during the day because of rains. (view small | med | large | orig)

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