Monday, July 13, 2009

Successfully generating electricity for 37 houses!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

First Generation Successful

On 17th June, our entire team including the three of us (me, Tamas and Kamil) and Mr. Surendra Mathema along with his wife and Dr. Damber Bahadur Nepali made a trip to the village to test the first generation of electricity.
Water was passed through the penstock to the peltric generating set. Mr. Surendra with the assistance of his wife measured the flow of the water, its potential and the electricity generated. Although our peltric set is actually made to generate 3KW of electricity, 3.8KW of electricity was recorded to have generated. However, since in the long run this could be harmful for the set, he fixed the controller to generate only 3KW.
On the same trip the three of us got to visit more houses in the village and meet more villagers and learn about them and their lifestyle. We also got to interview several villagers and learn about their reaction towards the project and their plans / feelings towards getting electricity in their houses.
The trip was full of new experiences. We got to learn more about the technical aspects of this project which has been a drawback for us due to our lack of knowledge in the field. However, our team with such professional individuals definitely helped us a lot.
Special thanks to my cousin, Kritish Rajbhandari who acted as a translator and helped out in the interviewing process for his assistance and tremendous support.
Undoubtedly, the first test of the generation of electricity was successful and so was our trip!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

My experience at Mapikhel...

Visiting Mapikhel village was the essence of my stay in Nepal. I was looking forward to seeing the place of our project with my own eyes. The village is not far from Kathmandu but is not easily accessible. The road is mostly gritty and it takes three-four hours to get the place. When I got to the village I realized that several houses are scattered all over the place in the forested mountains and valleys. We stopped over at one of the houses. I was happy and grateful towards the hospitality of the people who prepared lunch for us. We ate rice, lentil and potatoes, typical meal of the villagers and it was cooked using firewood. This was the second time I had eaten a meal with my hands. I got to see the life of local people there and found it to be very monotonous. To me, their activities seemed very limited including working on the corn field, eating the same food every day and sitting in front of their houses and gazing at the surrounding wilderness and talking to other locals. I was happy our project will give them the power that will enrich their lives in many ways. They will not need to go to bed when the sun goes down, their children will not need to study under the dim light of kerosene lamps, families will be able to listen to the radio for entertainment and to listen to other news and programs. I hope that electricity brings hope for their future and will be a breakthrough in their lives.

I particularly enjoyed interviewing the local people and other members of our team who without whom our project wouldn't have been possible. While interviewing them, I felt as if I were a journalist and a social worker. I am exhilarated for being part of this project which makes such a meaningful difference in the lives of these people and hopefully in Nepal too. I am also very happy that our project takes advantage of the hydro power potential of the country. When I was in the village I felt our project might be a historical small brick in building a sustainable source of energy for the whole country. I hope to continue being involved in this and similar development projects taking place in Nepal.

-Kamil Adamczewski

Friday, June 12, 2009

My first trip to the village...

My first trip to the village was short, but very exciting and adventurous. It all began with the bus ride: sitting on sugar and rice bags for several hours with no legroom at all, and the dust coming in from one window and leaving through the other made this ride an unforgettable one. It was a huge relief to arrive to the village and finally be able to stretch my legs!
The villagers were looking forward to our arrival, and made lunch for us. I hope I impressed them by trying to eat with my hands, but for me, it was great success.
We began our tour of the village by getting an idea of where the houses were located, and how the cables should go. The villagers had started putting up the poles for the electric wiring, and few of the houses were already connected to the system. There were 2 houses located on the side of a mountain, about 2.5 km away from the power house, whose owners had been working hard and helping in the project as a labor contribution to get electricity in their houses.
We had the chance to take a look at the power house also. The peltric set was set up, but we were still waiting for the electric equipment to be connected.
We got to meet a few locals who took us along the river where the pipe was running. The 465m of pipes were set up on the side of the mountain, and the top is located about 120m above the peltric set. I was amazed by the beauty of the environment. We passed by countless waterfalls on the way up to the top. One filter was put on the entrance of the penstock which maybe not enough in the future, but everything else seemed to be ready to work.
Unfortunately we could not do more after sunset, so we decided to head back to our host for the night. We were invited for dinner, where we got to learn about the village, the people who lived their, about their lives, and they also got to learn about us.
I think the first visit went very well, and now we can move on with the project.
- Tamas Kolos-Lakatos