Nepal update: The first road to Tipling brings new hope
The Jesuits in Nepal have sent an update to UK supporters who reached out to them following the devastating earthquake of 2015. They describe a major new road infrastructure project 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 now the two days walking distance has 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 above 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, Peaches etc., 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
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.
The people of Tipling are particularly grateful to the donor agencies who have made this historical move in their lives.
Fr Roy Sebastian SJ thanked all the individual donors and agencies 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.
Jesuit Missions is the UK member of Xavier Network who has been funding NSJI since the earthquake. Visit their website