International Women’s Day celebration in Mugu

By RAP 3 on March 14, 2019

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International Women’s Day was celebrated in our site offices as well as in Kathmandu.  RAP3 Mugu Humla Link project celebrated IWD 2019 with local women in Gamgadhi, Mugu. There was a discussion around how to end Chhaupadi, violence against women and girls as well as the impacts alcohol abuse has on women.

All women from three LRUCs (Luma, Bama, Pandhara) were involved and though there were many serious discussions, there were also positive vibes about the future of women in society, and how RAP3 MHLR is helping to support women’s empowerment.  The event was concluded with typical Deuda songs from the women of each LRUC and a chance to also celebrate women.

Hoarding Board installed at MHLR new construction site

By RAP 3 on March 14, 2019

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A new hoarding Board has been erected nearby Ruga Gaun to display the project information at MHLR construction site being worked on. The hoarding board contains project information such as programme budget, programme duration, stakeholders’ information and funding support information. The contact address of the district project office is also included on the signboard so that locals can easily contact the project team if they have any concerns or queries. A similar MHLR hoarding board is planned to be installed at Chankheli and Deuli site once the route is clear of snow.

House of our RBG, Mosi Kami burnt down in Luma village of Mugu

By RAP 3 on February 25, 2019

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It was with great sadness we learnt that the house belonging to one of our RBG members, Mosi Kami caught fire on February 2019 after his mobile phone exploded while charging. The fire then spread and gutted his house and the house of his neighbor, Danta lal Kami, also had to be pulled down to prevent the fire spreading. The fire was thankfully doused before it spread to any other surrounding houses. The fire destroyed Mosi’s food products, gold and cash of worth Rs. 40,000 which he had earned from road construction. Additionally, the fire has also claimed the lives of some of his cattle. Mosi was not financially able to reconstruct his house immediately and so the RAP3 MHLR team has decided to support by providing free labour through RBGs to rebuild Mosi’s house and repair Danta’s house. The community has provided supplies like wood, roof materials and other resources that are needed in house construction.

Second phase MHLR EBRW pilot to be launched on March 2019

By RAP 3 on February 25, 2019

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After the successful completion of the first phase of Equipment Based Road Works (EBRW) Pilot for MHLR (April 2018 to February 2019), MHLR is launching a second phase of the EBRW pilot from March 2019. The notice for a second phase application to submit Expression of Interest (EOI) for excavator supplies was published on RAP website as well as broadcasted on Local FM on 5th February 2018. The Pre-EOI meeting was conducted in the MHLR field project office at Gamghadi Mugu where 12 suppliers attended the meeting. EOI submission process, requirement of mandatory documents, selection criteria and other required information were briefed in the meeting. Suman Khatri, Finance and Admin Manager and Sunil Tandukar, Site Manager facilitated the meeting and clarified the queries raised by suppliers. The meeting seemed to be helpful for those suppliers who were applying for the first time. RAP3 has set certain criteria for selection process and based on the criteria, suppliers will be selected on merit basis.

Nepal Food Corporation, Mugu to use MHLR road corridor for transporting food produces

By RAP 3 on February 18, 2019

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Work has begun on a track in Mugu from Gamgadhi to Darkhe Khola. Though this is not yet suitable for general users, MHLR have allowed special access to certain groups. The project office received a letter from Nepal Food Corporation (NFC), Mugu requesting to use tractors on the MHLR road for transporting food produces from Gamgadhi, Mugu to Humla. Humla is a remote district in Karnali Province —the only district without road access. For most of the year, food has to be flown into the district. RAP3 MHLR has agreed to the request of Nepal Food Corporation, Mugu by permitting tractor on the MHLR road corridor. The road is still under construction, so tractors will only be allowed during non-working hours of the Road Building Groups (RBGs) until the final completion is done. Now, they are transporting goods from Gamgadhi to Bama through the use of tractor and then using mules for the rest of way to Humla where vehicles are impassable. In the absence of transportation facilities, people in Humla have been relying on mules to transport food and other essentials. 

Ward Chairperson delightfully distributed NSTB certificate to successful excavator operators

By RAP 3 on February 18, 2019

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The RAP3 MHLR project, through the Equipment Based Road Works (EBRW) Pilot conducted a  month long ”Excavator Operator Training” in Bama.  It started on the 2nd of September and ran until the 5th of October 2018. All 26 participants, including the first two women, were successful in passing the National Skills Testing Board (NSTB) examination. The Chairperson of ward no.14 of Chayanath Rara municipality, Mugu was delighted to distribute NSTB certificate to the successful excavator operators of his ward on the 8th of February 2019. The certificates of the other successful excavator operators who participated from Kalikot, Dolpa, and Jumla were sent to their respective districts. The training included an internal skills assessment covering both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. This is the first time NSTB has conducted this full training and testing in a remote location of Nepal. The participants are now eligible to obtain an excavator operator’s license helping them to gain employment as operators on other construction projects. MHLR plans to engage some of these newly qualified operators to provide further experience on the job training through a second phase of the EBRW Pilot.  

MHLR RBGs mobilised in Upper Bama

By RAP 3 on February 13, 2019

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Mugu Humla Link Road (MHLR) field team has recently mobilised the remaining 11 Road Building Groups (RBGs) of Pandhara Local Road User Committee (LRUCs) in Upper Bama section as of the 6th Feb, 2019.  Two members from each group of the 11 newly formed RBGs were given orientation in the RAP3 MHLR approach and standards.  This includes working modality, payment procedures, insurance policy and RBGs roles and responsibilities.  They were also briefed on workers safety and the correct use of safety gears, tools, construction materials and first aid kits at work site. Previously, 13 RBGs in Rugha-Masta, 13 RBGs in Luma-Gurudev, and 15 RBGs in Bama-Gairigaun were mobilised for construction work. Roadside communities who had expressed an interest to join a road building group from the settlements between Rugha, Luma, Bama, and Darkhe Khola are now part of the project. This makes it a total of 52 groups, made up of 1020 RBG members (Male-574 and female-466) covered from Rugha to Dharke Khola settlement.  The road construction work is being carried out by 45% of women in total.

Joint visit of DFO to MHLR corridor

By RAP 3 on February 13, 2019

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Divisional Forest officer, Mr Bharat Thapa along with his two officers visited Gamgadhi to Darke Khola road section (28km) of Mugu Humla Link road on 6th February 2019. They observed on the progress on road construction but to also assess the current situation with regards to trees prior to any work starting on the removal of trees for this project. MHLR district team discussed with DFO regarding stamping of trees to be felled that falls in the road corridor, its management and handover to district forest office or concerned community forest. DFO, Mugu is positive with forest clearance required for the construction of Mugu Humla Link Road (MHLR) as per EIA agreement and cabinet approval. The team has also discussed about the trees replanting programme and site selection for the Nursery establishment ahead of the coming monsoon. As per the agreement on Mugu side, 972 trees are to be cut down and plantation to be done at a ratio of 25 new trees for every 1 tree felled within MHLR road corridor in Mugu section.

One day orientation to MHLR field base staff at Gamgadhi, Mugu

By RAP 3 on February 13, 2019

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In line with supporting to Mugu field base staff of Mugu Humla Link Road (MHLR), a one-day orientation programme was conducted on 31st Jan 2019. The orientation session started with the overview and introduction of MHLR, project modality, project implementation plan, major work plan activities to be performed by field base staffs, store management, health safety information and other technical and social aspect of programme. The orientation was conducted in Gamgadhi, Mugu and was led by Mr. Bishnu Ram Bista (Technical Coordinator) and supported by Mr. Ram Prasad Thapaliya and other TMO specialists. Now, our MHLR field base staff are ready to perform their assigned duties to the project.

RAP3 Bolero Cross Mugu Karnali River

By RAP 3 on February 1, 2019

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On 30th January 2019, a RAP3 Bolero crossed the Mugu Karnali River with the help of an excavator. After the crossing the vehicle drove Project team members (Mr Ram Prasad Thapaliya-Deputy Team Leader, Shanker Pokharel-Social Development Specialist, Bishnu Ram Bista – Project Field Manager and Sunil Tandukar – Site Manager) along the road from Rugha to Bama (22km) which is part of the Mugu Humla Link Road (MHLR). The vehicle will provide transport for the day to day monitoring of project activities and the transportation of project materials, people and goods. This is the first passenger vehicle to use the Rugha to Bama section of MHLR. Local people, villagers and Road Building Groups on this section of road expressed their happiness and thanks to RAP-MHLR for making their dreams come true - a car at their front doors and villages – and said that this would not be possible if there were no RAP3 MHLR.

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