Supply of Gabion Boxes for MHLR

By RAP 3 on October 24, 2018

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The first of the procurement items for MHLR arrived at Gamgadhi during Dasai. A new stores location was identified close to the Gamgadhi office to accommodate new Gabion Boxes.  The field team worked through the holidays to ensure the Gabion were well received and stored safely. The rest of the goods and gear will arrive post Tihar.

Field visit report by Manoj Devkota, Civil Engineer, UK

By RAP 3 on October 11, 2018

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As a Nepalese born British Engineer, it was nice to travel back to Nepal to understand the country’s development. I travelled to Mugu as I was aware of the new roads being built in this area through RAP3. I wanted to understand the local topography and the impact these roads had on the local community.  During this time, I was able to walk the rural link roads together with the RAP3 team to understand the different potentials of harvesting water through these roads. It seemed that the local people were delighted for the employment opportunities that RAP had provided to them. What RAP is doing in these rural areas is a great example to other organisations in bringing people together and working together to solve a common problem through team work and sustainable approach. 

DFID Walk MHLR alignment

By RAP 3 on September 26, 2018

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A team from DFID Nepal comprising Head of Office Rurik Marsden, Inclusive Growth and Resilience (IGRT) Team Leader Simon Lucas, Infrastructure Advisor (IGRT) Suman Baidya, Senior Programme Manager (IGRT) Pratima Ranjit, and Programme Officer Kamlesh Yadav, visited a number of Rural Municipalities between Simkot (Humla) and Gamgadhi in Rara Chhayanath Municipality (Mugu).

On their way they inspected examples of rural infrastructure constructed under the Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP) funded by DFID and implemented by UNDP, the Community Development Programme (CDP) funded by DFID and implemented by RRN, and the RAP3 Sallisalla-Darma road.  They also walked along the MHLR corridor from Deuli (Darma) to Bama followed by a ride in the RAP3 tractor trailer from Bama to Rugha village, before walking up to Gamgadhi.

Excavator Operator Training – a first for RAP3

By RAP 3 on September 26, 2018

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The EBRW Pilot’s one month basic Excavator Operator training is under way in Bama, Rara Chhayanath Nagar Palika.  The training delivers the full CTEVT curriculum for excavator operators over 31 days.  The training started on 2nd September and will end on 5th October.  The training is being delivered with the support of Alliance Nepal and Surkhet’s Institute of Enterprise Development (IED).  Participants will undergo an internal assessment before sitting the National Skills Testing Board (NSTB) Level 1 examination on 6-8 October.  The NSTB skills testing is being facilitated by Citizen Technical School (CTS) of Nepalgunj.  It is our understanding that this will be the first time that the full CTEVT Curriculum training will have been delivered and NSTB skills testing carried out.

Women Participate in Excavator Training

By RAP 3 on September 26, 2018

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There are a total of 30 participants selected from the old Karnali districts of Mugu, Humla, Kalikot, Jumla and Dolpa.  The training includes theory knowledge of excavators and excavation works, supported by daily practical training and experience.  The existing EBRW Pilot operators are supporting the training team as well as participating in the training themselves.  Two places were especially reserved for women from Humla and Mugu.  Half way through the training we are pleased to hear that the two women are doing well, with one of them coming top of the class so far.  The DFID Nepal team were able to observe the practical training and talk with some of the participants on their way.

Benefits of Excavator Training

By RAP 3 on September 26, 2018

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Three excavators from the EBRW Pilot are being used for the practical training, using the sports field of Nafa, Bama.  After the training, EBRW Pilot will flatten, compact and expand the size of the old sports field, improving it for the local community.

The participants that pass the NSTB examination will be eligible to obtain an excavator operator’s licence and to gain employment as operators on other construction projects.  RAP3 MHLR will provide on the job training for some of the successful participants, with a view to delivering advance training and Level 2 NSTB examinations in the future.

Everyone Loves Excavators

By RAP 3 on September 21, 2018

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We are often asked about the impact of RAP3. This photograph of a boy in Mugu was taken by Frank van Steenbergen near the village of Luma. Frank was in Mugu to assess the feasibility foe using the Mugu to Humla road for water harvesting purposes. The EBRW component of the programme is currently conducting training for excavator operators prior to deployment along the new road’s alignment. Clearly this event is having an impact on the local toy scene as is shown by Frank’s photograph of a toy excavator. This little boy has probably not seen an excavator up close before and maybe dreams of one day becoming an operator himself.

RMG management handover training, Mugu

By RAP 3 on September 17, 2018

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The three-day RMG management handover training as well as RCS and ARAMP training was held on 12th- 14th September 2018. It was attended by the focal persons from each M/RM which totaled eight engineers and sub-engineers.  As a guest Mr. Khadak Raj Malla (Acting DCO) and Mrs. Karnasheela Malla (Deputy DCC Chief) were invited to the opening ceremony. The training was conducted in Hotel Grand, Gamgadhi and was given by Mr. Bishnu Ram Bista (Technical Coordinator), led a team of RAP staff based in Mugu to conduct the training. The objective of the training was to educate these focal persons on all the things related to RMG like how they are formed, their work, inspection of their work and their payment and also to explain the procedure of carrying out RCS and ultimately creating an ARAMP report, to make them capable of performing these tasks after RAP3 has completed its mission and is phased out.

FieldSight Orientation in Mugu

By RAP 3 on September 16, 2018

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RAP3, MHLR, conducted an orientation on FieldSight software on 15th September 2018 at Gamghadi, Mugu. FieldSight allows RAP to remotely monitor and supervise road works. The training was attended by GEs(3), IOWs(2), OMs(1) STSs(3) and Intern Engineers(2). The orientation was given by Mr. Bishnu Ram Bista, Technical Coordinator, assisted by Mr. Susheel Yadav, GE. The main objective of the program was to familiarise the attendees with the use of the new software app on remote road sections in Mugu and Humla. The trainees were asked to bring their laptops and android phones and were shown how to install the application in their respective devices, then step by step tutorial to open their account and set up their user profiles. A short demo on how to complete a form and upload it to the cloud for their respective supervisors. The staff were eager to try out the new mobile software and everyone pitched in the discussion that followed.

Basic Excavator Operator training at Bama of Mugu

By RAP 3 on September 6, 2018

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The RAP3 Equipment Based Road Works (EBRW) Pilot, Mugu is organizing 38 days long Basic Excavator Operators training to 26 participants from Dolpa, Jumla, Kalikot, Humla and Mugu at Bama of Mugu from 03rd September 2018. EBRW Pilot intends to provide a basic level operator training for excavator helpers and interested local persons who meet the eligibility criteria during selection time. The training will produce professional heavy equipment operators who can operate the machine safely and also do maintenance work. Mr. Nandalal Baduwal, Chairman of Chhayanath Rara Municipality Ward No. 4 formally opened the program.

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