Giant trucks and Nepal's first emergency shelter construction updates
By Scott MacLennan - Project leader
Giant "tipper trucks" continue to reach the villages here at Her Farm in the Dhading District thanks to the road improvements your support allowed us to make. People are starting to receive money from the government as well as the go-ahead to start rebuilding. These huge trucks are able to bring 3-4 times the materials in one load, compared to the smaller trucks. Before the road improvements, only small trucks were able to navigate the road up to the villages but now these large ones can as well. That hasn't hurt the small truck business though, in fact it's beter for them as well. Instead of only one small truck serving these villages, as it was before the quakes, we now have 3 smaller trucks taking farm products down to market and bringing materials up on a daily basis. The people in the village win two ways. First they can get more product to market and at better prices due to competition in the trucking sector now. Secondly, they can transport far more building materials at far less cost than before.
I'm attaching some photos of progress on the first full-service emergency shelter/emergency coordiation center in the country which we are building at Her Farm Nepal, as well as some photos of the giant trucks bringing building materials up for that project.
The road needs more improvements to reach some upper villages and those same upper villages are experiencing water shortages as well. We are currently examining just how to get water up to them as well as how to further improve the road, so please, don't forget us here in Nepal, rebuilding is really just begun and the funding from the government isn't going to get much done.
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