Access to potential bridge sites has been difficult during the years of civil conflict. In the past few months there have been fortunately new opportunities to reach needy communities and conduct surveys. Two photos from the Sukaura site are in the Gallery. At this site, some 300 students may use the proposed bridge. We learned that six students have died trying to get to or from school for lack of a safe crossing. Six other sites are being surveyed at the moment.
Routine maintenance continues for the bridges that
are accessible. Political turmoil still makes it difficult to reach many sites. EcoSystems is not the only group to be affected--the entire city of Kathmandu is short of fuel while the road links with India are blocked. Discussions are under way for site surveys in
several parts of the country. A new 'hanger' design will be tested in one of the long bridges shortly, as part of the ongoing program to further improve the service life of the bearings.
In the pictures below taken in May we see how electricity after dark, even the smallest amount, a lamp with two tiny LED bulbs, transforms lives. The mother can perform house-hold chores more easily, and children can now study at night, both of which are of the extreme essence in the fight against poverty. Most children in Nepal have to work for money during the day when not in school. By providing this family with a "Mero Bakas", Nepalese for "my box", a small rechargeable battery recharged by a pedal generator every two months, people feel productive and hopeful. Children, in particular, feel that their minds are valued.