Maurice Undergraduate Initiative Prize



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Transportation and communication stand among the most crucial aspects of the human life. Safe transportation has become a great challenge in most local and urban communities in Nepal due to the poor infrastructural equipment available. Over the years, the people living within and around the mountains have experienced tremendous difficulty in crossing the flooded rivers to various destinations including schools and workplaces. The lack of appropriate and safe means of going over the dangerous rivers has resulted in increased suffering and developmental challenge for the local population. The main concentration of this research is to outline and analyze a research project conducted in the region to determine solutions to the lingering transport problem. The current government has made efforts to mitigate the problem and risks that people face in trying to cross the mountainous terrain to various destinations. One of the development ideas has been the tween, which has proved very risky especially for children, women and the older adults. The focus of this research undertaking was, therefore, to establish a safer means of transport across the hills that would promote education, health and give the people new development prospects. The innovative idea would involve installation of a suspension bridge to help the residents of Gorkha Huldingbesi district to access services such as education, medical facilities and work in Dhading district. The suspension bridge will provide a financially viable and safe transport for the communities to make gainful interaction to develop education, health and general standards of living.

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bridge construction, Gorkha Huldingbesi, Nepal, service learning, Western Oregon University


Service Learning

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2017 Finalist

Building Bridges for Health, Education & Hope – Nepal