Success story

District:

Man Bahadur Mahatara, a wheelbarrow mechanics is working for GSKDR, Humla from the start of the road construction. He performs his duty by travelling Gulfagard and Kalika sites of 11.6 km road. Before working in RAP, it was difficult for him to run his daily life as he did not have any source of income. Now he has become more independent and is able to provide higher education for his son with sufficient bank balance for health care and other activities. He said that “he is very happy to work in RAP3 till the project lasts”.

Wage payment

District:

Fourth year third IPC payment was successfully completed in Humla recently. All the RBG, SBG, Drill and Boulder groups who were involved in road construction from May 2017 received payment. The members of respective groups thanked RAP 3 for creating such a local employment opportunity to construct their own road. This in turn has allowed group members to get involved in saving and credit activities and invest in productive sectors and education of their children.

Health and Safety

District:

On 6th July 2017, RAP3 Humla organised a meeting with the SBGs Group facilitators (Sahajrkartas) of SSDR. SDO had notified some health and safety related issues at the working site and SBGs camp. Mahesh Prasad Bhattarai, SDO instructed Sahajkartas to work with full safety equipment, manage proper drinking water, toilet, health & sanitation in camp and site. DTA needs to analyse the situation before mobilising RBGs/SBGs in cliff area or critical section as landslide and rock fall have been reported and the frequency is expected to increase as monsoon is active in this region.

A significant progress on Darvi Vir

District:

There has been a significant progress on Darvi vir, the most critical and challenging section of SalliSalla - Darma District Road (SDDR), Humla by a drill group lead by drill mechanic Bal Bd Tamang and boulder group. Within more than a month the drill group was able to open the passable track almost 50 percent on the section of 250 m (Chainage 1+400 to 1+650).The drill group also used splitter at that section. As the drill group was mobilized to Darvi Vir, the local people used that route for passing and now the passing through Darvi Vir has been checked to avoid the disturbance and the safety of both drill group members and the local people. Also, the mule track which was just 100-200 m above was checked and provision for passing of people only was made for the safety of groups working on the road at that section.

Bio-engineering training

District:

Bio-engineering training was conducted by RAP 3 DTA, Humla on the 30th and 31st May 2017. The training was conducted for DCC, DTO  staff for their Continual Professional Development (CPD). On the first day theoretical modules of the bio-engineering were presented by DTL Dipendra Adhikari  and Graduate Engineer Balkrishna Dahal whereas on the second day trainees participated in the practical aspects of bio-engineering including brush layering, grass and tree plantation.

Distribution of wage payment to Road Building Groups

District:

RAP 3 DTA Humla released an amount of NRs. 34,916,324.63 as a wage payment to road building groups and special building groups (RBGs/SBGs) of Salisalla-Darma (SD) and Galfagaad-Shreenagar-Kalika (GSK) district road corridor for the month of February and April. All groups had conducted RBGs level public audits and collected saving, loan mobilized too. The wage payment was done under the close monitoring of DTA Humla

Completion of fencing work in Shreenagar store

District:

As a mandatory part of RAP3 store management guidelines, RAP3 DTA Humla completed the fencing work of Galfagaad-Shreenagar distrct road project in Shreeagar.  Wooden poles are fixed at a regular interval and 2m height gabion boxes is provided to fence the store. Material within the store are arranged in a well organised way and has free walking space for easy transportation of any goods. The fencing work now restricts the entry of unconcerned personel within the store and has reduced the risk of any possible thefts.

Group Management, Leadership, and S/C training to RBGs

District:

RAP 3 successfully organised saving/credit, group management and leadership training on different dates for road building groups in Galphagaad-Shreenagar-Kalika district road project. The overall objective of this training was to deliver training courses on one day refresher training on group saving credit, group management and leadership training to well understanding of saving, importantance of saving, types of saving, saving method, essential of saving credit activities, importance of leadership and group management, developing leadership and group management skills for RBGs membrs. The specific objectives of the training were:-

  • Introduce RBG members with the saving and credit guidelines
  • Enable RBG members to manage saving and credit programme
  • Enable RBG members maintain record books
  • Effective group management technique and skills
  • Leadership technique and skills

LRUC Public Audit

District:

Kalika and Shreenagar-Kalika Local Road Users Committee (LRUC) successfully conducted public audit on 3rd and 6th April 2017 at Shreenagar community hall and Shreenagar FM premises respectively. Interim Payment Certificate (IPC) VI of year III and IPC I of year IV (FY 2073/074) between September 2016 to February 2017 was audited.  Representatives from rural municipality, DTA, local political parties, LRCC, LRUC and about 75% of RBG members participated in the public audit. The queries raised by the participants were answered by RAP 3 DTA. Public audit of RBG mainly aims to ensure that different RBGs groups within particular LRUC management are receiving the same amount of wages as per valuation of work done by various groups made by technicians in field.

Keeping hopes alive

District:

For many years Humla district remained an isolated district from rest of Nepal. There was nothing inside the district beside sufferings, poverty, famine and diseases. It was Rural Access Programme 3 (RAP 3) who walked to challenge the poverty and sufferings in 2013. Since then RAP 3 is working in two corridor of the district. Kamala Bogati, a 47 years old widow works as a road building group (RBG) member in one of the RAP 3 Galfagaad-Shreenagar-Kalika corridor. Her husband died at an early age when children's were just crawling. Since then she fled to another village and asked for shelter and stayed in one of her neighbor's shed since 7 year. Her hope came alive in 2013 when RAP 3 entered in Shreenagar area and talked about road construction and income generating activities. She then continued to work as an active RBG member and involved in road construction activities at day time and engaged in household work in morning and evening time. The tear of happiness rolled down from her eyes when she received the first wage of NRs. 23,000.00. The first payment not only became the source to clinch her family's basic needs instead it became the source of inspiration to work further with greater enthusiasm to income more money. She used to save the money remaining from fulfilling the basic needs. It was two years later she was able to build house on her own. She has now invested her income in cattle's, children's education and is further planning to open a shop. RAP 3 not only became the regular source to income the money instead it stood rigid as her life saving tool. Kamala Bogati is just an example of hundreds of women working for RAP 3 in Humla.

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