Build Bridges for Health, Education & Hope - Nepal

 
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Build Bridges for Health, Education & Hope - Nepal

Build Bridges for Health, Education & Hope - Nepal
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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)

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)

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)

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)

Rush Hour in Nepal

Rush Hour in Nepal
Eager to get home, commuters fill the carriage. The ride is smooth and short, and the wires and carriage are greatly over-sized for strength, so no injuries have been reported in roughly 2,000,000 crossings. (view small | med | large | orig)

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound
This husband and wife are enjoying a sojourn. As a result of the bridge, a trip into town has become something relatively easy to do without becoming a huge expedition. (view small | med | large | orig)

VillageSolutions' manager heads for the other side

VillageSolutions' manager heads for the other side
The glacier-grey Seti (white) River is no barrier for the magic carpet of the WireBridge. The ride to the middle of the river is slightly downhill, and fast. Passengers, or people on either side, tug on the rope which passes overhead. This moves the carriage easily. (view small | med | large | orig)

Bystanders lend an assist to passengers

Bystanders lend an assist to passengers
Communities that have a sense of cooperation do well with the WireBridge. Travellers waiting on either side can pull the rope to hasten the trip of the passengers, helping themselves to shorten the queue as well. Here VillageSolutions' three supervisors Balaram, Prem and Gun show how it is done. (view small | med | large | orig)

Site for bridge #36 on Dordi River

Site for bridge #36 on Dordi River
This wild location will serve as the crossing point for 60-65 students and about the same number of adults each day. (view small | med | large | orig)
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Project Leader

David Sowerwine

Managing Director
Menlo Park, California United States

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