» Two four-wire bridges have been installed and are operating in Rukum District on the Sani Veri Khola. The bridge at Tarbara, about a day's walk upstream from the district center, is one of the highest built so far, crossing more than 50 meters above the river. The second bridge is at Gittakot, a day's walk downstream from the district center. This bridge carries passengers a record-setting 172 meters (564 feet) across the river. Work at Maluwabesi on the Sun Kosi should begin shortly, now that questions relating to access to the bridge have been resolved.
» Video footage of passengers and goods using the oval test track was taken in May and June. This footage will be used to prepare an educational video about the WireRoad. To reduce expenses, that installation is now being dismantled and the rented land will be returned to the owner. The 60 meter WireRoad line is still available for simpler demonstrations.
» Prototypes of the Pedal Generator, 6 Volt 8-LED lamps, battery boxes, and the charging station have been made, and demonstrations of the Pedal Generator with the lamps and a 12 volt 14" color television have been quite dramatic. As soon as the 'final' circuit boards have been prepared
» Our wonderful 2004/2005 engineering volunteers left in May, after having designed and built the prototypes for rural human-powered energy: lighting, video, music... Ewan Hobbs (electrical engineering) and Nini Walker (website, graphics...) are still touring in China. Will Beecher (mechanical and electrical engineering) is back in the US. And Simon Davis (architect) has moved on. The next tasks of this product development will be carried by the EcoSystems team and its subcontractors.
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David and Haydi on inauguration day for first bridge at Milche
.. During the coming monsoon more than 4,000 villagers in Nepal will use one of thirty two WireBridges built by EcoSystems, each day. They will attend school, get to health posts, porter goods more efficiently, and access other parts of their community more easily.
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Designed at the request of the villagers, these TarPul (tar = wire, pul = bridge) are simple, low cost, light weight, quickly installed, smooth to use, nearly maintenance-free, and fabricated within Nepal.

Nepal's community governments (VDCs) can afford only about 5% of the average $15,000 cost for a TarPul.

Gifts from a few individuals, charities and government have so far made up the difference.

However, news of the TarPul is spreading. The backlog is a dilemma for the villagers: to whom can they turn for help?

Bridge Over Kamro River
Lamjung District

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If you and / or your organization want to be a Bridge-Builder with a Nepalese community, please let us know.

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Crossing the Budhi Gandaki River,
Gorkha District