Global Images Contest 2009-2010

Lighting our own path


Achham is one of most rural districts of Nepal. This summer I was there helping out with the opening of a district hospital. The hospital was being opened in a hospital complex that had been abandoned for decades due to the lack of resources and of initiatives by the government of Nepal.  We tried to utilize the local resources available including manpower instead of importing it from a town 12 hours drive away from the hospital. When we could not find anyone who could do the work for us in time, we tried to do it ourselves.  In the picture, the son of the hospital?s night watchman is climbing down the metal pole after hanging a light-bulb up that would light the hospital premises.

Ranju Sharma