Moving Mountains Nepal is involved in several programs focusing on utilities and projects in the villages of Bupsa and Bumburi. These villages are located in the Khumbu region of Nepal, about 120km from Mt. Everest. Our long-term vision is to help this region develop into a sustainable community that provides high levels of education, health, social welfare, and business opportunities.
Our infrastructure programs create a foundation for a strong community. We have worked for many years with these villages, helping to identify their most pressing infrastructural needs and creating projects that address them.
Twenty years ago, the villages of Bupsa and Bumburi were almost empty. There was little development and almost no educational or employment opportunities. As a result, local people were leaving the villages in search of opportunities in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu. Bupsa and Bumburi were soon to be forgotten.
Today, after years of work and development on utilities and other projects by Moving Mountains Nepal in partnership with local authorities and committees, these villages are brimming with life. They have access to electricity from the hydroelectric dam, to clean water, eco-friendly cooking stoves, and, as a result, to better employment and education. We are delighted to see that the villages now are thriving.
As we continue to work with these two villages and the surrounding area, we strive to work with the local community, empowering them to take control of their own development and make decisions that will positively impact the economic future of their home.
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Impacts of Utilities and Projects: Improved Health and Well Being
Over the years that Moving Mountains Nepal has worked with the villages in the Khumbu Region, we’ve noticed that our projects have a multitude of benefits. For example, when we constructed the hydroelectric dam, we knew that the immediate impact would be access to electricity. When we installed eco-friendly stoves, we knew the immediate impact would be more efficient use of firewood.
Yet we have discovered another impact of our work on utilities and projects in Nepal: the overall improvement of the health and well-being of the community. In the past, these communities were at a high risk of water-borne illnesses due to their inefficient and unsafe water storage facilities. But since Moving Mountains has installed new water storage systems with an updated piping system, we’ve noticed a marked increase in the health of children and parents.
Our eco-friendly stove initiative has also helped to improve health and well-being throughout the community. Prior to this project, families used inefficient wood burning stoves that released far too much smoke. The smoke would be trapped in the houses, causing problems in the lungs of the women and children.
Now that these villages have eco-friendly stoves, they are able to use far less firewood to cook their meals. The stoves remove the smoke from the home, leaving clear air behind. The overall impact of these stoves has been a marked improvement in the health of women and children in the community.
When adults and children have better health, they are able to take advantage of the opportunities available to them within their community.
Improved Utilities Leads to Improved Education
Since Moving Mountains Nepal began working on utilities and projects, we’ve noticed attendance to the primary schools in Bupsa and Bumburi. In the past, children were often sick and couldn’t attend school. Or their parents were pulling them out of school and taking them to Kathmandu to work and make money.
Today, in part because of our improvements to the utilities in these villages, we are seeing more children attending primary school and going on to attend secondary school. Now that families have access to electricity, safe cooking stoves, and clean water, children are sick less often and as a result, don’t fall behind in school.
Children with access to education are far more likely to find success, economic growth, and build safe and secure lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Today in Bupsa and Bumburi, we are beginning to see the long-term effects of our utilities and infrastructure projects here in the Himalayas.
Impact of Infrastructure on Business
The final impact we’ve found of our work on the utilities and other projects in the Himalayas is the positive growth of businesses in these villages. Having worked with the local people to help them take control of their own development, we’ve seen a rise in the number of small initiatives, businesses, and sustainable tourism projects.
For example, we’ve seen the development of a village cooperative project. The village cooperative works in these villages to ensure that everyone benefits from the economic growth and prosperity that has come as a result of the improved infrastructure and education in the villages.
Overall, the villages are happy with the positive economic growth they’ve seen as a result of these utility projects and other programs Moving Mountains Nepal has helped them to achieve.
Volunteering on Utilities Projects in Nepal
Moving Mountains Nepal, in conjunction with Moving Mountains headquarters in the United Kingdom and our award-winning travel partner, Adventure Alternative, offer several different expeditions and trips that allow people of all ages to volunteer in Nepal on our utility programmes.
For high school age children, we run the immensely popular Nepal School Expedition. On this trip, students trek through the Himalayan jungles to reach the remote villages of Bupsa and Bumburi. On arrival, participants will work as volunteers alongside Nepali villagers on various projects including building schoolrooms, repairing infrastructure, or whatever else the community needs at that time. This trip is an incredible opportunity for young adults to force cross-culture friendships and experience dramatic personal growth.
For university students, we offer our Nepal Tourism Workshop. This trip brings students into the villages of Bupsa and Bumburi for a first-hand experience of international development and the positive impact it can have on rural communities. Students will witness the short and long-term results of our work here in Nepal, all while learning what it means to truly be a global citizen in the modern world.
For other volunteer opportunities including our medical electives in Nepal, Nepal Medical Camps, and Nepal volunteer positions for skills volunteers looking for longer term placements, please see all our options in our Nepal Projects page.
The Future of Our Work on Utilities and Projects
As we go forward into the future, we hope to use our work in Bupsa and Bumburi as a model for other villages in the Himalayas of Nepal. Our goal is to expand our projects like the clean water initiative and the eco-stove initiative to other communities that are trying to develop themselves.
As with all our projects, Moving Mountains focuses on working with local communities to help them realize their own development goals. We do not impose directives or ideas onto local communities, but rather empower them with the finances, tools, and support they need to create a better, brighter future for themselves.
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