Jesuit Missions, as part of the Xavier Network, has been supporting the Nepal Jesuit Social Institute (NJSI) since the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015. The most recent project in the earthquake rehabilitation and reconstruction is the completion of a major new road which will bring new economic opportunities to remote areas.
The people of Tipling, the remotest village in Dading district in Nepal, welcomed Christmas 2017 with new enthusiasm and hope as the Somdang-Tipling Road came nearer to their village, crossing the 3850 meters high Pansang passage. This means that the two days walking distance has now been reduced to merely 4 hours.
The first ever road to Tipling, will make a remarkable historic milestone in these adjacent villages, with a population of over 2000 households. The 27 km road construction from Somdang, bordering Rasuwa district, has gone through the most difficult terrain of steep and rocky hillsides and reached the Pansang pass which is the highest point.
Jesuit fathers living in Tipling for over a decade have been contributing much to the education in the village along with other pastoral and social activities. The road construction has now given them renewed energy and they have already begun planning in terms of better economic activities which include, planting commercial crops like Apples, Kiwi, and peaches which appear to be growing well there. NJSI has conducted a preliminary agricultural training for the trainers who would form farmers group and instruct them to plant economic crops.
The panoramic view of the Ganesh Himal range of the Himalayas will certainly attract many tourists to Pansang, and this opens a brand-new avenue for Homestay and tourism for the Tipling area.
Fr Roy Sebastian SJ, (Director of NSJI) thanked all the individual donors, including Jesuit Missions, on behalf of all the beneficiaries. He also thanked NJSI for their contribution to the activities in Nepal which have made remarkable improvement in the socio-economic and psychological development among the people of remote Nepal.
Paul Chitnis (Director at Jesuit Missions) says:
“It’s important when responding to an emergency disaster to ensure that the support continues into the future. Jesuit Missions continues to support NJSI, and it’s great to see new economic opportunities being brought with this most recent development.”
This article first appeared on Jesuits in Britain.
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Posted on 30th January 2018