Brightening Lives (1)
by: RAP 3      on: 28th Aug, 2015

Mrs. Dhansara Thapa, is a widow with two sons and two daughter, living in ward-9 of Chupra Maheltoli corridor, Jaganath VDC in Dailekh District. She takes care of her family by doing agricultural work and she is also a member of a forest users group in the VDC but until recently her house had no electricity.

However, the RAP-3 program has come as a great boon for her. Mrs. Thapa is now one of the 50 Solar Home System beneficiaries. She has managed to pay the contribution of Rs. 3075 by using her government widow’s allowance and by taking some loans.

After the installation of the SHS in her home by RAP3 partner Winrock International, she herself and her children are happy. Her children say, “Before the solar in home it was difficult to complete the homework, now we have more time to study and complete our homework easily.” Mrs. Thapa proudly says, “RAP3 brightened my home”.

Brightening Lives (2)
by: RAP 3      on: 28th Aug, 2015

Pagnath VDC lies on  the Chupra Meheltoli Corridor which in on the east of the Dailekh Bazar. The total number of Solar Home Systems supported this year by RAP3 in Dailekh is 291. They include Pansara Adhikari, age 85, from Bhagwati group of Pagnath VDC, whose family has 11 members. In the years before the installation of SHS in her home, she had to walk down the hills to collect fire wood and suffered from asthma from wood fires. Children are also happy with solar as they are able to do homework at night in comfort. Before that they had to work using a small fire.

LRN Annual Review Launched
by: RAP 3      on: 21st Aug, 2015

As part of the LRN Annual Review by DFID, National consultant Mr Indu Sharma Dhakal (MEL) visited Parbat district from 18-20 Aug 2015, attending a RMG public audit at Patichaur where he held discussions with 36 RMG members before visiting roads maintained by RAP. He also held discussions with local beneficiaries, transport entrepreneurs, other RMGs & RMUCs, district level political parties, NGO federation, LDO, CDE and CDO. He was also briefed about DTMP, ARAMP, fund gaps, condition surveys, field verification and capacity development provide to DDC/DTO/OJT etc.

Farewell Programme to RAP3
by: RAP 3      on: 21st Aug, 2015

A farewell programme for DTL, Mr Bishnu Ram Bista, RAP3, Parbat was organized by DDC Parbat on 20th Aug, 2015. Addressing those assembled, Mr Tulshi Ram Sharma, Programme Officer of DDC Parbat welcomed all and thanked Bishnu for his 2 years of service in Parbat. DDC presented tokens of appreciation to Bishnu and welcomed the new DTL Mr Kamal Regmi. The programme was wrapped up with the farewell speech by LDO, Mr. Bhim Bahadur Kunwar. The Rotary Club of Parbat also gave Bishnu a certificate of Appreciation.

New Project Boards for LRN Component
by: RAP 3      on: 14th Aug, 2015

As part of RAP3’s responsibility to acknowledge funding from the UK government, new Project Information Boards have been designed and are being put in place in LRN new construction districts in both English and Nepali. In maintenance districts, bilingual notice boards are being put in place. These are designed around street artist interpretations of the access component of RAP3 painted on the walls of the RAP compound in KTM. Similar street artist paintings are planned for the SED component, after the rains have stopped.

RAP3 Visibility in Parbat
by: RAP 3      on: 14th Aug, 2015

As part of the funding agreement with DFID, RAP3 is required to acknowledge funding from the UK government throughout the duration of the programme. This includes written materials and verbal statements and the use of the UK aid logo on programme assets. This photograph shows an RMG and Graduate Rabi KC posing by a RAP3 signboard in Parbat under the logo of UKaid. The board is in both English and Nepali and states that “This road is maintained with support from RAP3”.

DFID Sets Up International Anti-Corruption Unit
by: RAP 3      on: 13th Aug, 2015

The UK is stepping-up its work to investigate cases of international corruption affecting developing countries through a new specialist unit launched by International Development Secretary Justine Greening.

The new International Corruption Unit (ICU) brings together existing investigation and intelligence units funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) from the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and National Crime Agency. The multi-agency team will be operated by the National Crime Agency and be the central point for investigating international corruption in the UK.

Since 2006, DFID-police units in the UK have investigated more than 150 cases of overseas bribery and recovered £200 million of stolen assets as well as successfully prosecuting 27 individuals and one company. Attached photograph is of RAP Public Audit.

General Strike in Dailekh
by: RAP 3      on: 12th Aug, 2015

Surat Kunwar, Rap3 Office Manager writes from Dailekh to confirm that the Undivided Mid-West Struggle Committee has called general strike in Dailekh district from 10th August for the indefinite period. They are protesting against the proposed federal boundary delineation. The strike is observed to be more effective in the district headquarters and near the market. Vehicular movement has been halted completely and schools and markets remain closed in the district headquarters.

Jumla Bandh
by: RAP 3      on: 12th Aug, 2015

Harka Bahadur Baduwal, RAP3 Office Manager writes from Jumla to tell us that Jumla and all other districts of Karnali have been shut for the last two days. This includes transportation, offices, schools and all businesses. There have been conflicts going on between the local people and security forces and there is the possibility of a curfew. We are all safe here but the office has had to be closed until the unrest ceases. So far no human casualties have been reported but some instances of demolition of property have occurred.

Health and Safety (First-Aid) Training
by: RAP 3      on: 10th Aug, 2015

With co-ordination of District Red Cross Society, RAP Humla organised a three-day “Basic Training on First-Aid”, from 5 - 7 August 2015 in Simkot. The training was planned under “Health and Safety” aspects for the DDC and other district stakeholders. Five participants had participated in the training. The objective of training was to make participants familiar with basic concept, principles and practices of first-aid. LDO Ravi Bhattarai appreciated the initiatives of RAP3 for organising the training related to health and safety for DDC staffs.