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Report from VASDON, July 2008
Observation of the project progress, spec the road situation has changed due the revitalisation of the Dolalgaat - Sarping road. Several measurments to improve the health situation of the poorest have been worked out and are checked now for feasability.
We thank for your questions and hints:
Viisit July 2008

Visit to the VASDON Region


VASDON International Volunteers (VIV) starting from Kathmandu at 6:00 am.


Visiting the new governmental road building side. The government took up building the 17 km road from Dolalgaat to Sarping again, after it has been stopped at our last visit because of technical problems with a big hard rock after the first 400 m. This reactivation of that road was not to foresee and also the progress of the governmental bulldozer removing that big hard rock is sucessful. When the governemental road will arive in Sarping we will try to find out.
This is the situation of the existing busroad from Dolalgaat south. The road is in such a bad condition that we could not drive it up without getting stuck and pushing our 4WD car up many times. In such passages the passengers push up their busses becoming dirty, and many locals don't use the busses on this road (prefering 5 hours walk to one hour busride) because they are extremly dangeraous and in very bad technical condition, just driving beyond every reasonable limit till they brake down fully overlaoded with passengers. The governemnt is responsible for the maintainance of the busroad and is late with it's service. The locals cannot support that major busroad, because it runs 100KM down south to the Indian border. As we are engaged in a proad construction and a road maintanance project we try to find out a way that the first kilometers of the road can be somehow made usable during monsoon time as a trial to approach that all-Nepal road problem.


In Waffal, our destination, Nema Lama gave the group some space to put up the tents and invited us also into his house. So we had a very nice welcome and have been truly supported by the Lamas family and the locals of Waffal.


In the evening time the 88 years old Nema Lama invited us to a roundtrip around the hilltop to show us this nice trek.

So we had already the opportunity for the first obsersavation of the situation.

Before sunset the Himalyas opened up, what is rare in June, so everyone was fascinated.



Early next morning we started an observation walk to some nearby villages. The treks from village to village lead also through the jungle.

Within such an cooking environment many wellknown digestion problems arise, the goverement has reacted and builds a central 72 Lakh NPR health center, that will be operated by three health officers. There will be now luckily stationary treatment also available in the middle of the region very soon.

From the health officers new office one can view the local school, that is one hilltop down.

Some possibilities to improve the environmental standard on large scale projects are clearly visible, as it is generally in third world countries, where environmental issues cannot be discussed because of the priority of the poverty and illness rates of the locals.

This is the view from the new health center to the next new school and to Waffal.

Typical villages and a few new houses buiid beside the old ones.

Greeting locals working in the rice fields. This work brings a lot of injuries and health problems by its nature.

Passing by the homes of the poorest we meet their children carrying home 20 kg rice bags from the shop, because their farming effort brings only half a years food.

After an impressive sunset we were invited on our last day before leaving into the gompa and we were fare-welled with Buddhist kathas and the best wishes for our journey.

We walked down for four hours the 14 KM bus-road from Waffal to Chehere. The bus is not driving during the monsoon time on this road, because it is partly simply to slippery. One can view the project area very well from the other side of the valley, specially the new governmental health center.

A little rest during going down to the river and passing the bridge to the bus stop for the local bus back to Kathmandu.

First measurement proposals:

Neemtree fruit will be ready in two month, the price is 5 nrp per kilo, processing should be possible by VASDON this season already. The economic model should be grassroot and give the poorest a chance for a little income for their most urgent neccessaties. The products should be used to improve the health situation of the poorest.

A plant nursery run by VASDON can bring big improvement of the vitamin supply by growing and giving out addional fruit trees and vegetable plants, for free to the poorest farmers, to connect them to that economic grassroot network..

A transport service for the poorest for food and a first provisional health transport service during the monsoon time, when the buses cannot drive in monsoon time.

An awareness study how to roll out the three main points: smokefree house, clean birth and hygenic wash and cookplace.

Renovation of the first old local farmhouse as a VASDON support-center in Kavre together with the locals to achieve mainly a better health standard and livelyhood.