Among others, the region’s Medical Superintendent showed up, along with the Head Doctor for Arunghat and all 8 of Dhawa’s volunteer health professionals.
After taking a Christmas break to Malaysia with my girlfriend I am now back in the village. My time away has allowed me to come back with fresh eyes and really enjoy settling back into village life.
Overall an incredibly productive 4 weeks since I last wrote: several nodes have been erected; the computer classroom has been painted, carpeted and provided with internet connectivity; broken computers have been fixed and a tracking system to help manage IT stock introduced.
I said before I left England that one of the biggest challenges I would face would be logistical, and so far this has been true enough. Although Dhawa only sits at around 900m in altitude, it takes a good couple of days to traverse the 130km dirt track that winds its way from Kathmandu.
This has come sooner then I was expecting, which is good news as this means that I have a fully functional testbed emulating the mesh architecture I will be using in Nepal. Woohoo! I promised pictures, and although I wished a mesh testbed was a visually stunning piece of architecture, it unfortunately consists of grey boxes with the occasional green LED flickering to tell you something is happening (which doesn't tell you a lot!).
Welcome to my first blog entry – future editions, I promise, will include some interesting pictures and won’t be structured like the essay this one has become!
Our first Newsletter is hot off the press. We’ve had something of a crash course in desk top publishing – so we hope it’s laid out OK.