In late 2005, Rick volunteered in three projects that would help him decide the kind of international economic development work he would find most satisfying as well as where we might attempt to live. Project number two was intended to be short-term. Friends wanted to institute a micro-hydro-electric program in Soloban a remote village in […]
In late 2005, Rick volunteered in three short projects that would help him decide the kind of international economic development work he would find most satisfying. For project number two, friends wanted to build a micro-hydro-electric system in Soloban, a remote village in Nepal and the home of a Sherpa they had come to know well from a trek. Previously they had funded reconstruction of the village school plus the building of dormitories for the teachers Rick flew to Katmandu to meet with the prospective engineering firm to assess their capability and their approach. Then he and the friend’s son flew to Lukla, Nepal from where they trekked 2 days to Soloban. Over the course of several days they established that the village was ready, willing, and able to commit to the building, operating and maintenance of this project which would give each home 78 watts of electricity, mainly for lighting so children could study.