Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Journey to the Far Western Region of Nepal

Recently my friend Nirmal Adhikari went on a trip to the Far Western Development Region, the most neglected and undeveloped regions in Nepal (itself the poorest country in Asia, fyi). Here is blog post about his experience in Doti. He was there to take a survey of Land Rain Water Harvest Program launched by Helvetas Nepal. He writes that there was not even a single toilet in one of the villages in Doti.

A positive spillover effect of this project: Children are attending school on time because they don’t have to go to nearby spring or river, which takes more than three hours, to collect water as this project connected individual houses and water reservoir with pipes. Other positive impacts of this project, according to Adhikari, are improved health, sanitation, education, and economic condition.

Below are some of the pics from his album:

Villagers and cops making trip to a river to collect water.

Ready to start new planting season.

Old school medicinal/healing practice.

Gorgeous scene!

Local market.

Farmers working on field

Houses on the bank of river.