EcoSystems builds a unique, popular, all-weather 'gondola' bridge in Nepal which moves 40-80 adults or 80-160 children per hour safely each way across rivers up to 160 meters wide.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
12 million Nepalese live in the Himalayan foothills where rivers are hazardous obstacles to education, health care and markets. Limited access denies many children an education, discourages proper health care, and increases the cost of goods. To cross more than 10 meters there have been only two alternatives: an extremely dangerous cable 'tween' wherein a makeshift trapeze or wooden box hangs from a pulley that often crushes the user’s fingers, or an expensive suspended walking bridge.
How will this project solve this problem?
We estimate that 1,000 to 1,500 sites will be justified based on population distribution, service locations, and potential traffic.
Potential Long Term Impact
We want to meet the Nepalese villagers’ requests for the WireBridges. The only limit to production is funding.
Total Funding Received to Date: $50
Funding Policy: partial
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $50 as of Jun 9, 2004. The original project funding goal was $18,000.