Friends of Humanity (FOH) met (via skype) with Alex Zahnd, director of RIDS-Nepal in order to follow the implementation of the project.
We are pleased to share with you the content of the interview.
FOH: How many Family of 4 Projects do you currently have up and running?
Alex: I have been in Nepal for 28 years, my goal is to participate in the development of the poorest of the poor…the people of Nepal have seen many ‘white elephant’ projects, they’re finished reports are written pictures of smiling faces but by two years later there isn’t development…Rural Integrated Development Services began in 2005 (2002 in Nepal, different calander)…approaches are skewed towards immediate impact—short term, their approach is long term, holistic issues and needs to be met
Alex: Current villages we are working in are 17 days by foot or a one hour flight then 1-2 days walk…Nepal Gange (google earth video should be up and running in the next few days)
Implementation of Family of Four
-Pit latrine, always the first element of the family of four, is about 200 CHF including transport, cement and installation (per home)
-Smokeless metal stove is roughly 200 CHF (per home)
-Solar home system 450 CHF (solar photovoltaic and LED lights) (per home)
-Drinking water system depends very much on village size, water spring source, how high the source is above the village
-Selects two members of the community to become experts on the projects so they know what to do if something goes wrong in the future…entire community is encouraged to participate as much as possible, required to do much of the manual labor
2011 planned Araporie Village 60,000 CHF for 15 homes covers air transport and installation
Average cost of water systems is anywhere between 900 CHF-13,000 CHF per household
AVERAGE TOTAL BUDGET: 1950 PER HOUSEHOLD
RIDS really needs funds for follow up projects, has donors pretty much set for 2011…has no partners for 2012 onward, really looking for committed 5 year partners.