Sub-surface Drainage System in DAD
by: RAP 3      on: 24th Jan, 2018

A Sub-Surface Drainage System is being constructed at CH. 03+700 of Sakayal-Kaipalmandu (73DR005) road and implemented under TM Piloting with proper guidence and close supervision of DTA staff. This drain system is to be built behind and below a gabion wall whose designed height is well above 5m. Sub‐soil drainage system facilitates the proper flow of water behind and below the wall which plays an important role to increase the stability of retaining wall and prevent structural failure. (See photo) The Sub-Surface Drainage construction is first of its kind for the workers of the implimenting contractor, they did the job with interest and shown the willingness to do with more confidently in future. 


Successful completion of 4-wheeler test drive
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd Jan, 2018

RAP3 DTA, Bajura, successfully completed a four-wheeler test drive on both newly constructed roads. RAP3 is constructing Maure-Kailasjmandu-Badimalika Road (67DR003) of 11.3km and Maure-Toli-Chhattara Road (67DR011) of 16.6 km. The test drive of MKB road was carried on 20th January, 2018 while the test drive on MTC road was carried on 21st January 2018. The Mayor of Tribeni Municipality, Chairmen of LRUC and LRCC, newly elected chairpersons of different wards, DTO and the team from TMO along with district team travelled the entire alignment of both roads by jeep. RBGs and local people were very happy to see the vehicles for the first time in their locality. The speakers thanked RAP3 for providing the access to their locality during a small unofficial program conducted at the end of both road corridors.  Hom Nath Lamsal, DC and Ramesh Neupane (DTL) thanked all for the direct or indirect involvement during implementation of the programme.

MHLT Design Contract goes to Green Planet Engineers Pvt. Ltd
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd Jan, 2018

The MHLR team has finally hired design consultants for the remaining section of the Mugu- Humla Link road. Initially, it was planned that the in-house members of RAP3 would design the road section but due to time constraints, it was decided to hire design consultants.

Four proposals were received and evaluated by the MHLR team.  Green Planet Engineers Associate Pvt. Ltd came up with the lowest quote and also fulfilled the technical requirements and was thus selected for the detailed design work.

On 19th January 2018, Bishnu Prasad Koju, MD of Green Planet Engineer's Pvt. Ltd signed a contract with RAP3 in the presence of Kirsteen Merrilees, Team Leader, and Bishnu Ram Bista, the acting deputy team leader. The MHLR team has provided the consultants with all the data from the detailed survey like detail TS data along with DTM file, cross-section data (stepping method), Traverse data, and D-card information along with inventory list soft copy. The consultant will submit the draft report by 21st Feb 2018. The MHLR team will provide feedback on the draft and final report will be submitted by 16th March 2018.

Gravelling and widening
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd Jan, 2018

Guthichour Rural Municipality, Ward No. 1, Jumla has initiated a program to widen the narrow sections of road 63DR009b using excavator. The work was at full pace during a site visit by SAME on 17th January 2018. Also around 500m of the road section was seen gravelled. The road will be now easily passable to vehicles and have less chances of formation of rills during monsoon seasons. The total length of this road is 8.10 Km and 6 members of RAP3 RMG are mobilized for maintenance.

SMG: Safety training and field demonstration
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd Jan, 2018

On 17th January DTA Jumla conducted a safety training and field demonstration for assembling and filling of gabion boxes for SMG group of 63DR008. GE showed and explained the site safety pictures to all members of SMGs.  A safety officer was chosen from the group and he was provided with the safety checklist. Later on the procedure for assembling and filling of gabion box was explained to the groups. DTA team stayed on the site until one of the box was completely filled with rubble stones. SMG members gained much knowledge regarding safety concern and maintaining quality gabion work.

SMGs work started
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd Jan, 2018

DTA Dadeldhura started the implementation of specific maintenance work in different DRCNs through SMG piloting. Contract agreements were made with all 5 SMGs and they were provided with the required construction tools and safety gear. Further all groups members were provided with orientation about RAP3 principles, its objectives, insurance policies, safety and first aid arrangements, method of measurement, valuation and payment, environment protection policies, sanitation requirements and priorities for inclusion of poor and deprived family before construction starts in the field. These groups will be mostly doing gabion works, dry wall, stone soling & dry-stone causewas in different locations.

CONNECT's partnership with Unilever features in latest Bikash ko Bato episode
by: RAP 3      on: 22nd Jan, 2018

The latest Bikash Ko Bato episode focuses on RAP3 CONNECT's partnership with Unilever Nepal Limited to establish a network of rural sales agents.  Read more about the Hamri Didi programme

Listen to the episode online:

Bikash ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 19th Jan, 2018

Episode 25: Broadcast Date: 21th January 2018

Issue: Hamri Didi

This week's episode will be focused on Hamri Didi. We will discuss what the Hamri Didi program is and will give detailed information about it. As Hamri Didi is working to encourage women micro entrepreneurs, we will highlight their activities and experiences. For further information we have interviewed Ruth McPake, Team Leader of RAP3 Connect. We have also included the contact number for Connect for any further queries. BKB Scheduled Broadcasts

Details of episode 25 are as follows:


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Two short interviews of Hamri Didi from Doti who share how Hamri Didi helped to build their self-confident.

Tej Bahadur Oli



Feature about Hamri Didis from Dadeldhura. They will share what are they doing currently and how Hamri Didi changed their traditional role in the family. They will share how they have realized that women are not bound within the four pillars of home and that they can also meet people and earn by own.

Mamta Bhatta




Interview with Hamri Didi from Jumla who is noe selling Unilever products in her shop. She shares how she feels after being a Hamri Didi.

Krishnamaya Upadhyaya



Feature report from Achham about the economic benefit Hamri Didi are gaining. They will share how economic profit has changed their life. Voice of Connect District Manager, Mr. Sher Bahadur Bohara is also included in the feature.

Tekraj Bhandari



Short Interview of Ruth McPake, Team Leader of Connect about the Hamri Didi programme, dubbed in Nepali to reach targeted audience.

Sangharsha Panta

Belpata Dairy Cooperative holds AGM
by: RAP 3      on: 17th Jan, 2018

CONNECT's partner Belpata Dairy Cooperative (BDC) held its 8th Annual General Meeting  on 12th January, 2018. BDC members, Village Municipality Executive Committee members and RAP3 CONNECT representatives attended the AGM at which the financial report for the fiscal year 2073-2074 was presented. During the meeting it was agreed that the Executive Committee election will be held on 18 January, 2018.

CONNECT took the opportunity of the AGM to provide an update on CONNECT's partnership with BDC and the support offered to BDC and farmers in BDC's downstream supply chain.

RAP3 Graduate Engineer, Ayasta writes about her experience on the OnePlanet MBA
by: ruth      on: 15th Jan, 2018

As part of a two way partnership with Exeter University's School of Business, RAP3 Graduate Engineer Ayasta Pokharel has taken a sabbatical to participate in the prestigious OnePlanet MBA.  In CONNECT's latest blog Ayasta writes about her experiences so far.