Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Climbing to new heights, in Nepal
We had time this morning to work out at . I was surprised to see how many people were there. They have lots of machines and almost all of them were occupied. We had a leisurely morning to hang out till meeting Rempp’s & Mendenhall’s for lunch at . We got a bit lost, but found a ‘White face’ who told us where to find the sandwich shop. Afterwards we met with Rakesh and more government people, only this time in the government buildings where we needed not just a copy, but our real passports. I forget all their titles, but they have something to do with our projects in
. The first man exaggerated the Nepal government’s involvement in getting water and sanitation to their people, but we just smiled. He spent some time in the Nepal and finished first in a prestigious test in his country. The second was a lady, newly appointed, and we quite liked her. The last was another man, and we noticed that each building got nicer, so he must have been a little ‘higher up’ than the other two. Afterwards we went shopping in the ‘cheap’ marketplace with Mendenhall’s and met that evening with Rempp’s who joined us for our special dinner at our hotel. We planned many of these events for Elder & Sister Dodson, who weren’t able to join us as planned because of his health. U.S.
The next project we stopped to see was also done in 2010. We saw the latrines at the school and they had fixed the doors as we requested, but the water to the school was no longer working—they had let it fail. Rempp’s will have to come back to that one to nudge them to fix it—we suspect it won’t take much money or work to do that. The pipes were broken at the inlet and they claimed that they had no money to fix it, that no one was paying. We suspect they stopped paying when the water broke and the school refused to fix it. This was a disappointment, but nothing TRUST had done wrong, just the community.