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27 April 2021

Dr. Suman Baidya (Infrastructure Adviser) and Surya Rana (Programme Manager) from British Embassy Kathmandu (BEK) visited the entire Mugu Humla Link Road alignment in Mugu and Humla from 10th to 14th April 2021.  The BEK team met officials of Chankheli Rural Municipality at Deuli, Ward Chairperson of Chhayanath Rara Municipality at Bama and similarly they had a meeting with Deputy Mayor and Executive officer at Chhayanath Rara Municipality office.

 

The team also interacted with the Road Building Groups (RBGs), Special Road Building Groups (SRBGs) and Local Road User Committee (LRUC), and road users on the road sites and observed various project field activities in the Mugu and Humla sections. Furthermore, the team also held a discussion on substantial completion of Gamgadhi-Chankheli section at Bama. Suman Baidya urged for road maintenance by Nepal Government and local communities after its handover. He also urged local communities to maximise such positive impacts and overcome the negative impacts of the road (e.g. road safety and deforestation). He expressed hope for positive changes in the road’s influence area in agriculture, tourism, health and education sectors; and requested local governments for long term plans to make it happen.

 

During the substantial completion and other discussions, the locals also shared the benefits they have received as a result of the road construction, such as emergency medical services, wage in transparent manner, women empowerment, significant reduction in the price of rice etc.

 

The COVID-19 safety protocols were strictly followed during the field trip.

27 April 2021

RAP3 MHLR Central team along with project Team Leader visited the entire Mugu Humla Link Road (MHLR) alignment from 12th to 17th April 2021. The team observed field activities at various project sites and also held meetings with the field team in Mugu and Humla. The project Team Leader also visited Salisalla-Darma District Road (SDDR) and Gamgadi-Dhaina-Dhulachaur Road (GDDR) which were earlier constructed in RAP3 in Humla and Mugu respectively. During this visit to SDDR and GDDR, it was realized that few Specific Maintenance Groups (SMGs) should be mobilized in both of these roads in order to carry out the required maintenance activities at different locations. The Team Leader also had a brief meeting with the Chairperson of Chankheli Rural Municipality who expressed that they are also committed to the preservation of the road, SDDR and will allocate some budget for road from now on.

 

This is the first field visit of Central Team to Mugu and Humla after COVID-19. All the Central staff who went to the field strictly followed the COVID-19 safety protocols.

27 April 2021

World Health Day is a global health awareness day observed every year on April 7 to raise awareness about the overall health and well-being of people across the world.

On the occasion of World Health Day, the Jajarkot group of our RAP3 MHLR inclusion and diversity team organized a virtual event on 9th April in which they presented a video about the significance of maintaining physical health and mental health in our daily lives. The video highlighted the importance of a healthy routine, the benefits of consuming healthy food, the importance of avoiding stress, and giving equal priority to health and working. The video concluded with a list of the benefits that can be obtained from keeping these healthy practices.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the members of the Jajarkot team to mark this meaningful celebration of World Health Day. It is also the day to thank all the doctors, nurses, midwives and healthcare workers for always working hard to keep us fit and healthy.

25 March 2021

With access to roads now a fact in Mugu and Humla, the RAP3 MHLR field team conducted a road traffic safety education for our workers and local students to minimize the risk of accidents due to lack of experience in vehicles and road use. A total of 756 workers attended the road traffic safety orientation programme in Mugu which started on 5th March 2021 and similarly, 511 students from four different schools of Mugu also participated in the training. The same training was conducted in Humla on 19th March 2021 where 150 students from two schools attended the training. The informative education on road traffic safety provided the participants with information on how to be aware while getting in and out of a vehicle, how to walk on which side of the road, how to cross the road and how to teach the children to walk on the road. This orientation on road traffic safety is aimed to make participants aware of road safety and how to use roads and vehicles safely.

25 March 2021

On 25th December 2020, the RAP3 MHLR team handed over to the Government of Nepal the UK Aid funded first 26km long section of the 67km Mugu Humla Link Road (MHLR).  Some time back the government had planned to build a bridge across the Mugu Karnali River, but for various reasons has not been able to move forward with the construction. Considering this situation, the Chhayanath Rara Municipality has started the construction of a bailey bridge over the Karnali River. As this bridge is also critical for all year vehicle access to MHLR, RAP3 MHLR is helping them to construct about 920 metres of approach road on both sides of the river, to connect to the new bridge. In the presence of the general public on 17th March 2021, Mugu Mayor and RAP3 MHLR project field officer jointly organized an inauguration ceremony on both the upcoming construction of Bailey bridge and approach roads.

The Jalap/Rabi Chakra JV construction company, has been awarded the contract for construction of the Bailey bridge by the municipality. They have to complete the work of retaining walls on both sides before the water level rises in the Mugu Karnali River. Mayor has also stated that the Bailey bridge will be completed by the end of next fiscal year. The ward member of Chhayanath Rara Municipality, Mugu shared the bitter experiences of local people that even when they brought the patients in a vehicle to Rugha, the lack of a road bridge on the river meant the patients had to be carried to the hospital on their backs through the wire bridge (Tuin). Locals and the project had a difficult time on transporting goods and construction materials across the river because of the lack of a bridge, and the risk of transportation was much higher during the monsoon season. Now, the locals of Mugu and Humla are happy and optimistic about the timely construction of the Bailey bridge, believing that they will soon be able to make full use of the road.

25 March 2021

The International Day of Happiness is observed every year on 20th March all over the world to highlight the importance of happiness, to spread happiness and to promote happiness as a fundamental human goal.

On the occasion of International Day of Happiness, the Surkhet group of our RAP3 MHLR inclusion and diversity team organized a virtual event on 19th March 2021 in which they presented a video depicting glimpses of their happiness by sharing photos of their happy times. The team members also highlighted in their video what happiness means to them and their source of happiness. They gave a strong message that happiness can be found in the little things we do and we should be able to see and experience it daily.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the members of the Surkhet team to mark this meaningful celebration of International Day of Happiness. We wish you happiness in every situation and may you spread happiness wherever you go.

Happy International Day of Happiness, 2021!

25 March 2021

Poetry is a form of expression and a part of human life. On the occasion of world poetry day that is celebrated annually on 21st March, RAP3 MHLR organized a virtual poetry recital competition on 19th March 2021, wherein project staff showcased their linguistic talents. The staff were encouraged to submit their poems in either English or Nepali languages, and there were entries of nine Nepali poems and seven English poems in the competition. Through their creative poetry, the staff shared their life experiences, the problems COVID-19 presented to the world, the bitter experience of being a daughter, the love letter to their loved ones, the lifestyle of Mother, injustice and chaos in society, and there were entries of many other interesting and fascinating topics. The staff recited their poems one by one and our four Honorable Judges concluded the ceremony by announcing the poetry competition winners. These were “Love Letter” by Agaman Subedi with runner up “The Chaos Within” by Neelam Thapa and similarly Ashok Bhandari, Rakesh Khadka, Tika Maden and Milipa Thapa won for Nepali poetry.

Thank you to all of the team members who joined the competition, to whom we now say: “Keep writing.”

17 March 2021

RAP3 MHLR celebrated the occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 at MHLR site offices as well as at Kathmandu. Rural women from various road building and maintenance groups, local officials, RAP3 MHLR field team and other stakeholders came together in various project districts: Mugu, Humla, Salyan and Surkhet to celebrate IWD 2021. In Mugu and Humla, more than 300 local women and men including local bodies and the project field staff joined the women’s rally to support the liberation of all women, their equal rights, gender equality and to stand for the IWD 2021 international theme, ‘Choose to Challenge’. There was a discussion with local women to raise awareness about preventing violence against women, increasing gender equality, women’s rights and the benefits of an equal society. Explaining the difference between before and after the project implementation, Mrs Susila Budha, a member of Local Road User Committee (LRUC) in Mugu, shared that earlier women could not go out the door but now women work outside with men, and men are also helping women on household chores. Similarly, Mrs Chuchhe Baduwal, LRUC of Panidhara, Mugu, spoke about the importance of eradicating the blind practices of “Chhaupadi” and “Chhaugoth”. She encouraged all women attending the event to fight bravely against every challenge they face in their community, as well as sharing the importance of being an independent woman. She also expressed her gratitude to RAP3 MHLR and PHASE Nepal for imparting education on menstrual hygiene in the rural communities of Mugu and Humla, and providing training on how to make reusable sanitary pads, which improved their health and sanitation in the village.  Also, Bandana Aidi, Road Building Group (RBG) of Humla district shared that RAP3 MHLR hands out money directly into the hand of female workers which has helped them gain respect in their community and made men aware of the value of women empowerment. Maya Devi Shahi, another RBG from Humla shared that in the past, men were given leadership roles and they always had more opportunities. Now, women are gradually changing the scenario as they start doing various skilled jobs like dressing stones, filling gabion boxes and others. Similarly, other women from Salyan and Surkhet districts highlighted their success stories and the changes they have found after joining the project and also mentioned that they are fully committed to work for the growth of women in their community.

The event in all districts was concluded with local songs, dances, various games, refreshments and a meaningful discussion around how to end violence against women and girls, the future of women in society, and how RAP3 MHLR is helping to support women’s empowerment.    

 

17 March 2021

International Women’s Day is a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Our project, RAP3 MHLR also believes in acknowledging and advancing the achievements of women and since 2017 we have been celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD).

On the occasion of IWD 2021, the Salyan group of our RAP3 MHLR inclusion and diversity team, organised a virtual event on Monday 15th March in which they shared a video depicting glimpses of the celebration of women’s Day from 2017 to 2021 at RAP3 MHLR. The video also featured insightful interviews of female workers of Mugu and Humla districts, as well as local employees who shared the advantages of working with RAP3 MHLR project. The team wrapped up the event with an IWD quiz where staff were asked a series of multiple-choice questions about the interesting facts and figures of women’s day.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the members of Salyan team to mark this meaningful celebration of International Women’s Day 2021. We hope that in the days to come, our world will be a safer and equal place to live for people of all genders. 

17 March 2021

RAP3 MHLR project field team organized health and safety orientation programme for 77 newly mobilised Special Road Building Groups (SRBGs) in Humla. The RAP3 MHLR safety package that focuses on work site safety, proper use of safety gear, daily checklist of safety equipment at work sites for group leaders, list of first aid items and their proper use method was thoroughly discussed to each group. Our newly formed SRBGs were also briefed about the health and safety information, the COVID-19 safety measures and guidelines on what to do and what not to do while working on a construction site. The same health and safety orientation will be given as refresher training in a few weeks.

08 March 2021

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women, recognise their roles and contributions and to help them advance in a number of areas for equality and better future. On the occasion of this special day, RAP3 MHLR would like to wish a very happy women’s day to all the brave and incredible women all around the world.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is, ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world’. The theme celebrates the continuous efforts of women and girls around the world to shape a better future and a healthy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. With safe distancing, let’s come together and support each other to celebrate women’s participation in combating COVID-19 pandemic, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.

Happy International Women’s Day 2021!

05 March 2021

The world day of social justice promotes social justice, which involves bringing the various communities internationally together to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, gender inequality, unemployment, human rights and social protections.

On the occasion of World day of Social Justice that is annually celebrated on 20th February, the Dolpa group of our RAP3 MHLR inclusion and diversity team, organized a virtual event on Friday 26th February in which they shared their views and opinions on the importance of social justice. They also collected views from Specific Maintenance Groups (SMGs) on how RAP3 MHLR supports the promotion of social justice in society. Our SMGs shared that equal opportunities for women, poor and marginalized people of the community and equal pay for equal work regardless of their gender, race and religion is a successful project strategy to promote social justice. The Dolpa group concluded the event by presenting answers to questions related to social justice that they had asked our in-house staff before the event.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the members of the Dolpa team to mark this meaningful celebration of World Day of Social Justice. As long as we value social justice from our individual level and remain committed to equality, progress is possible.

Happy World Day of Social Justice, 2021!

05 March 2021

On 25th December 2020, the RAP3 MHLR team handed over to the Government of Nepal the first 26km long section of the 67km Mugu Humla Link Road (MHLR). While the rest of the road is still under construction, a full width track along the entire road length has now been opened.  Whilst the road is still a construction site, some vehicles have travelled to deliver goods to the local people of Humla who are benefitting from the transport services of food, construction materials, and health services.

Ward chairperson, Bhaire Tamang says that after the transportation services reached Piplang, the SNG thick rice, which costs Rs. 4500 a bag is now available at RS. 3500 in Chankheli and Nepca. Similarly, retailer Nabaraj Singh of Palima village says that the same thick rice that used to cost Rs. 3000 per bag is now available at Rs. 2100 to Rs. 2300, while cooking oil at Rs. 165 per half liter is now available at Rs. 130 and sugar which was Rs. 200 per kg is now available at Rs. 130 to Rs. 150 in village shops.

Likewise, Basanta Chaulagain of Soniraj General store in Loti, Chankheli and local businessmen of Darma and Deuli also reported that prices of food items have come down as compared to the past with a market survey showing that the price of these items has dropped by 35 to 40 percent compared to past years and the locals have started getting goods at more affordable prices.

Local residents in Humla are hopeful that once the entire section of MHLR is completed, they will be benefitting from the provision of regular transport services in the district and further cost reductions.  In the meantime, RAP3 MHLR is liaising with local leaders to work out a way of allowing regular goods delivery to Humla during construction, whilst keeping the workers and vehicle operators as safe as possible.

17 February 2021

Encouraging women in the sciences requires action on all aspects: preventing harassment, changing institutional cultures and ensuring that women are included, recognized and heard. The above picture was taken recently by RAP3 MHLR Team Leader, Kirsteen Merrilees at Edinburgh airport while she was on her way back to Nepal. The special poster publicly recognizing “Women in Science in Scotland” made our project staff happy and proud in Nepal as it represents a perfect example of recognizing the achievements of successful women in Science.

Thursday, 11 February, is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To celebrate the day, our RAP3 MHLR inclusion and diversity team, the Mugu group—the first group to showcase the inclusion event of the 2021 season, organized a virtual event last Thursday. The Mugu team organised several activities related to women in Science. The first activity was the ‘Women in Science’ quiz where participants were asked a series of 22 multiple-choice questions about the successful work of popular women scientists around the world who smashed gender bias and forever changed the world. The team also sent an E-card to quiz winner, Ayasta Pokharel as a commendable prize for her active participation in the quiz. In the second activity, our all-female staff were asked to reflect on their career experiences as a woman in the science and non-science fields. Each of their stories was very motivating and we are really proud to be surrounded by these wonderful women engineers and non-engineers of RAP3 MHLR who are incredible sources of support and inspiration. The third activity included a number of videos where one of our staff based in Nepalgunj, Kamal Adhikari recited his heart-touching poem describing how women in Nepal have to struggle all their lives and why it is not enough to thank women for their contribution to this world.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the members of the Mugu team to mark this meaningful celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science. We hope that in the days to come, the challenges girls and women face in science will lessen.

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 2021!

12 February 2021

“One of the most valuable gifts we can offer our colleagues while working remotely is the opportunity to connect and collaborate. The “Recharge Your Team”, virtual team building event delivered exactly what its name suggests—the opportunity to recharge teams by strengthening connections.”

—Ayasta Pokharel, Safeguards and Compliance Engineer, RAP3 MHLR

In times of pandemic, RAP3 MHLR team members are no longer working next to or across from one another. They are no longer crossing each other’s hallways or leaving work at the same time. Especially in times of crisis, long-term homeworking and decreasing interaction of employees can pose various challenges to the productivity and mental health of our staff. Therefore, RAP3 MHLR organized a two-day virtual refresher event, “Recharge Your Team” on 2nd and 5th Feb 2021 in order to encourage our team members to interact virtually, to connect colleagues across Microsoft Teams, to keep our employees motivated, and to help staff stay fresh by offering various ice breaker games and casual conversations.

Our team members enjoyed the refresher event and it helped them regain some needed face time with each other. The ice breaker games gave them an opportunity to use the first letter of their good name and surname to introduce themselves through the two-word phrases that describe their personality. We also asked them to share a fun fact about themselves: two truths and a lie where other team members had to guess which statements were true and which was false and also, they were given the chance to submit some fun/interesting questions that they secretly wanted to ask their peers. Such virtual events at RAP3 MHLR stress the importance of taking breaks for our team members. Moreover, it is not only a fun social event; it also offers an opportunity to learn about the members of our RAP3 MHLR team.

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