Posted by: Mitch Silver | January 27, 2010

Who’s coming and when

Who else is involved at the moment?

I’ll be joined in March by Kathleen Metcalf.  She will help document the project. The plan is to document the village and villager’s lifestyle and lighting project before, during and after the project.

Nobuko Hirota is a specialist in woman’s cooperatives and is an international volunteer in Nepal. She also has experience in other development projects suitable for village Nepal including improved cooking stoves and  in micro credit loans as it relates to village development.

Ganga Gurung will join us. She is a trilingual speaker (Gurung – the native language of the village, Nepalese and English) to help with translating the details of village organization and technical aspects of the project.

Prem Gurung will be instrumental in the success of the trip. A native son born in Namarkhu, he knows everyone and has the respect of the villagers.  He will be the primary contact from the village to me. Any has agree to relay any and all issues.

Time Frame:

Current plans include a visit to the village in mid March (2010) to discuss the organizational, social and technical issues and how the project fits into village needs and priorities. A week or two later we will install the photovoltaic system and distribute lanterns. There will be a follow-up visit a week or two later for problem resolution and project evaluation. The project requires a great deal of flexibility as projects in Nepal and other issues in remote Himalayan villages make for interesting challenges at best. We will be documenting the project with photos and video on a daily basis.


  1. Sounds like a fantastic project. Good luck!! Peace, Steve

    • Mitch!! I just got to this – sorry for the delay! This sounds amazing! Let me know if there is anything I can do, but at the very least, keep me posted!! What else is new! I miss you guys!

  2. Wonderful contribution to the people of Nepal. I’m certain that this model will have far reaching effect.

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