Here are some photos from the 9 day mission to Goli VDC, Solukhumbu District.
On our way from Kathmandu to Bandhar. The trip is usually 15 hours long, but unexpected is always expected in Nepal! So carrying over 13 ton in 2 trucks and one jeep, finally took us 2 days. Adventures included a broken truck, a broken silencer, running out of diesel due to lack of open petrol stations, roads very narrow and in terrible conditions…
Crossing 13 ton of metal roof sheets across a 100 meter long iron bridge took one whole day of work. 10 volunteers from the region worked really hard but with such a happy mood!
Once on the other side this tractor had to do 4 round trips of over 3 hours each,in order to carry all the supplies to Kapti, in Goli VDC, where we set our base for the distribution of the “jastas” (zinc metal roof sheets)
Unloading the tractor at Kapti…the long trip is over now. Tomorrow the distribution will take place!
Furba Sherpa (president of BE HUMAN NEPAL) opening the “jasta” distribution with a brief talk.
Villagers came walking for up to 3 hours to get their “jastas”. Many of them were women, young girls and even children, who then had to return to their villages carrying the “jasta” bundle on their backs.
A great work from our Manjushree School (in Namkheli) teachers, who took a record of each family that received “jastas”. Showing the ID card was compulsory in order for the villagers to get their roof sheets.
Juan with villagers from the Chhettri caste bearing their traditional Kukuri knives.
Great team work!!! Two and a half days took us to complete the task of handing the “jastas” to the villagers. All happened in a happy and smily environment, thanks to the great work of the locals who volunteered to help us!
Furba, Juan (Argentina) and Ian (Singapore) at the end of a succesful mission. 9 days of hard work but such a happy and helpful environment made it all very enjoyable.
Villagers will use the “jastas” as a roof or as walls, depending on their needs. We are not building their homes, but giving them some support in order to face the monsoon (4 month long rainy season).