VillageTech Solutions (VTS)

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Feb 11, 2008

Renewed support for bridges

Service of Maluwabesi bridge
Service of Maluwabesi bridge

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.

Children served by Gadhi bridge
Children served by Gadhi bridge
Volunteers nearing Gadhi bridge site
Volunteers nearing Gadhi bridge site

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Aug 16, 2007

Politics and bridges

Maintaining Mulawabesi bridge
Maintaining Mulawabesi bridge

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.

Jun 15, 2007

Catching on like fire, but without the smoke

Women and Children May Work and Study
Women and Children May Work and Study

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.

Children studying
Children studying

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