VillageTech Solutions (VTS, the US-based nonprofit, and its predecessor, EcoSystems) and local villagers built 37 WireBridges in the valleys of Nepal during the dangerous years of Nepal's civil conflict. While not fully resolved, that conflict has ebbed enough to allow safe passage for the VillageSolutions (VS, the new Nepalese bridge-building company) field supervisors to visit the WireBridge sites.
During the summer 2010, a VS field supervisor visited each site, accompanied by Aashis Joshi, a Dartmouth engineering student, to assess the need for maintenance and upgrades, and to ask the villagers how the bridge had impacted their lives. As these reports become available, we shall share the insights. The first report is included here.
Before new WireBridges are constructed, we intend to address the maintenance needs for these existing structures that were deferred during the conflict.
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