中国,点亮了尼泊尔的希望之光

发布时间:2017-07-28

 

  “常言道,你若没有希望之光,就无法从黑暗中幸存”回忆起上马蒂水电站开工以前的日子,家住Sildujare,今年50岁的Chandra Bahadur Ale如是说。作为四个孩子的父亲,曾经的他为了生计而陷入繁重的农耕工作中,对生活感到绝望。直到上马蒂水电站工程需要征用他唯一的土地。“我卖了我仅有的资产,希望换一个更好的将来。事实证明我做对了,我用得到的钱投资了一辆公交车。看看我现在!我有足够的钱来供我的儿女读书,还能给他们一个更舒适的生活”他咧开嘴笑着说。“这个中国的水电站不仅给了我希望,也为我的子孙提供了一个更好的生活。我比任何人都要感谢这个项目,感谢中国!”Chandra激动地说。

  中国在尼泊尔的投资充分证明了“一带一路”的价值。一个项目可以改变很多人的生活,在这里,是尼泊尔人的生活。仅仅一年以前,在尼泊尔,每天还会有将近20小时的区域计划停电,情况十分糟糕。我们平日用的家用电器大部分也是从中国进口的,但是因为停电,在我们需要的时候却没办法使用。重要的设备和办公室都有自己的柴油发电机,使用费用非常高,这导致了我们的生活所需价格也随之升高。“计划停电控制了我们的生活,我们的大部分时间都在等电来”当地女孩儿Shikha回忆着。

  “像另一个中国制造,上马相迪A水电站一样,上马蒂水电站对解决尼泊尔停电难题做出了巨大贡献。我们非常高兴也非常感激中国水电站项目”能源部长Janardan Sharma如此表示。

  有了源源电力,生活也会变得更加光明。尼泊尔人民深知这一点,因为他们经历过更加黑暗的日子。但是,黑暗不会再来了,中国正在全力在尼泊尔发展能源项目,而尼泊尔也期待着中国的援助。

  在世界的另一边,人们忙着思考怎么才能到另一个星球或者星系去,然而这里的人们却在担心怎样才能到20公里外的城市去。曾经,在首部工程区域,河水常常切断了出山的道路,人们想进城一次,只能长途跋涉。现在项目建起了挡土墙,水不会再漫过道路,道路得以保持通畅。“有时,为了从城里回家,我不得不光脚淌过河水,弄得身上、头上都是脏东西和盐。在雨季情况就更糟了,你不知道什么时候、在哪里就会发生滑坡。”村子里唯一的商店老板Jhalak Prasad说着。听着他的诉说和语气便能感受到那是一段多么痛苦的生活。但是绝望处生出希望,上马蒂项目开工了,使得村子里的道路又能满足运输需求了。

  上马蒂水电站项目给在电站工作的技术员工提供了一个非常棒的学习环境,让他们可以充分挖掘自己的潜能。“我不再一心想到国外去了,我在这当接线技工,学到了很多知识。” Jeevan Shai Thakuri说着 ,脸上充满了活力和希望。中国项目不仅有助于解决电力生产难题,还改变了年轻人的思想,技能和工作态度。现在他们有足够的自信去应用所学,独立发展了。他现在和老母亲、妻子和一双儿女生活在一起。无需到国外工作让他的母亲可以得到妥善的照顾,他的孩子可以在父母的保护下健康成长。现在他的孩子要去附近上学了,一家人十分幸福。

  Sajiv Shree Ramtel是一名在电站工作的运行班员,“在这里工作,我学会了尊重自己的工作和时间。这听起来简单,但对我提高专业技能和个人发展是非常重要的。”他严肃地说。尼泊尔是一个知识青年流失非常严重的国家,当地报酬优厚的工作机会可以有效减少人才流失。

  除了技术岗位,上马蒂水电站为当地提供了更多的就业机会,提高了当地的村民收入,提高了生活质量,带动了当地的经济发展。

  15年4月,尼泊尔发生了大地震,很多人流离失所。各方都伸出援手,中国也成为尼泊尔的坚实后盾。Madan是上马蒂水电站项目的一名司机,大地震摧毁了他的家。“现在我在项目上当司机,银行同意我的贷款申请了。”他看到未来充满希望。

  家住Nirmalpokhari的Bagawati Lamichhene是一个单身母亲,还有一个老母亲需要照顾。曾经,他们全家的生活都依赖在传统农业上,可农作物的产量还不足以保证他们一年的口粮。她一直在为了生活而挣扎,直到她在上马蒂水电站项目找到了一个帮工的工作。这个工作让她能够承担得起孩子的教育费用和满足基本生活需求。

  在这里,无论老少,人子人父,都对在他们曾经的土地上建起的这个水电站项目抱着积极向上的态度。从前,这个村庄只住着当地村民。现在,他们有了一个新的中国邻居,这是一件多么好的事儿呀。中国印象已经刻在了这个村庄,这个国家,走向了全世界。

  Bishnu Magar现在拥有一个养鸡场,他说:“我真是太喜欢中国人喜欢吃鸡肉了,他们对鸡腿儿简直是爱到不行呀。”言语幽默中可以发现他对项目带来的改变感到满足。以前,他是一个无业青年,每天四处晃荡,无事可做。项目开工后,他开始了养鸡生意,卖鸡肉和鸡蛋。现在他过上了正常而幸福的生活。

  “有一次,我的小女儿感染了痢疾。这个病比较常见,但我却因为路坏了而不能及时送她去医院。我清晰地记得那天,雨下得非常大,河水有一人多高,路上一辆车都没有,真是一个可怕的晚上。”Mina姐姐一边干活儿一边叹息着,“有时候我觉得他们像天使一样,现在路修好了,他们也一直在做着道路维护。他们还雇我们当地劳工,我们村几乎每个家庭都有人被雇用了。我听说他们将来还会给我们提供一辆救护车。”她笑着说。

  “虽然我听不懂那个中国人说什么,但是当我丈夫从树上掉下来时,是他在那帮助我们。”她的丈夫受了轻伤,正躺在医院里。当中国人开车路过,发现了她受伤的丈夫,便立即赶去营救。中国人和尼泊尔人保持着互帮互助的友好关系。他们可能无法清楚地表达自己,但是在一定程度上却是互相了解的。“我不知道怎么用汉语说谢谢,但我是真心感谢他们,愿上天保佑他们。”他的母亲眼含热泪说道。

  同这些或大或小的美好希望一起,中国伫立在尼泊尔这片土地上。中国已被尼泊尔人民牢记。无论政府立场如何,法律规定如何,每次我们见面时的互相微笑,他们的“你好”,我们的“Namaste”,就是我们之间简单而纯洁的友谊。他们的知识,技术,工作纪律一直是尼泊尔员工和其他尼泊尔人民的榜样。

  总的来说,能源贸易是一个长期的合作,未来也会有更多的贸易合作。在尼泊尔,上马蒂水电站和上马相迪A水电站已经建成, 720MW的西塞提水电站等项目也已在计划中。尼泊尔会永远感谢中国的援助。

   

   

   

   

  China Energizing Nepal ‘Light of Hope’

  'They said darkness cannot survive unless you have a light of hope' a 50 years old nostalgic Chandra Bahadur Ale of Sildujare VDC 09, says remembering all those hard times he survived before the beginning of the project Upper Madi Hydro Power. Father of four children living in substantial farming, he was frustrated of his life until the project demand his only piece of land. 'I sold my only property with a hope for better future and it turned out very well. I invested that money for buying bus. Here I am now, wealthy enough to educate my son and daughter and provide them a quality life' he said showing his outburst teeth. 'This Chinese hydropower project has not only provided me my hope but all my coming generation a better life. I cannot be more thankful to this project and China then anyone' Chandra expressed emotionally.

  China's investment in Nepal has proved its way worth in so many different ways. One project can change many people’s life, here Nepalese life. Nepal used to live almost a 20hours a day load shedding schedule before one year only. The situation was horrible. We had access to electric device, which was also mostly imported from China, but cannot be used when required because of the load shedding. Important machines and office used diesel power for electricity which was very expensive resulting in the increase of the rate in most products. 'Our living schedule was maintained by the load shedding routine. We had to do the entire major task waiting for the electricity' says a local girl Shikha.

  'Upper Madi Hydropower also Upper Marsyangdi A hydropower has contributed a lot for the removal of this load shedding problem in Nepal. We are happy and grateful for this Chinese project' says Energy Minister Janardan Sharma.

  Life shines brighter with continuous electricity. People of Nepal know this better because they have experienced worse. But not more, China with all force is in verge of developing its energy project in Nepal and Nepal is expecting China's help as well.

  People on other side of world are busy worrying about reaching to another planet or galaxy and the people here are worrying about reaching just to the city which is not more than 20km in distance. The retaining walls near the dam and riverside area has opened the path 24 hours which used to open seasonally before the construction. People beyond that path had to walk to reach the city. 'Sometimes I had to cross the big river bare foot taking the sanitary items and salt on my head and walk all the way from the city. Rainy seasons used to be worse because of landslide from unpredictable locations' says Jhalak Prasad, only shop owner of the village. Their life seems miserable hearing those words full of emotion. But the hope never ends and the project started making road good enough for transportation.

  Furthermore, technical engineers are provided with a very good learning environment to explore their potential to highest level.'I am no longer interested going abroad, I have learned much working as electric wiring technician in this Upper Madi Hydropower' says Jeevan Shai Thakuri, young man reflecting energy and hope on his face. China's project has not only helped in generating electricity but also thought the young minds, skills and discipline. They are confident enough to use this skill and develop themselves independently. He has been living with his old mom, wife and two children and has been able to take care of his mom. His children are living in parental protection and going to school nearby. The family is happy.

  'I have learned to respect my work and time. Sound may be simple things yet very important aspect to develop myself professionally and personally.'Sajiv Shree Ramtel one of the engineers of Upper Madi hydropower said with a serious note. For a country where brain drain of massive young people, well paid employment opportunities in their local environment is a significant plus point.

  Besides providing technical posts, other work opportunities are provided by Upper Madi hydropower project and more local people are eoloyed. The villager’s life quality are improved and the local economy got more developed.

  In April of 2015, massive earthquake hit Nepal during this period; many people were homeless and family less. Effort was made from all the side and China stood up for Nepal very strongly. Madan driver of this project is hopeful now who had lost his home during this massive earthquake. “Bank has agreed to give me a loan as I am employed in Upper Madi hydropower now” he said hopefully.

  Bagawati Lamichhene, Nirmalpokhari 23, a single mother of one child and old widow mother to be taken care of, was dependent on conventional agriculture for their live hood. The product was not good enough to cover their food needs for the whole year. She was struggling until she found this project and she works as a house keeper now. This has given her a way to afford her child’s school fee and basic requirements.

  Young one to old one and children to parents all are positive after the start of this project on their area. The village which used to be a land only for the local people now has a new Chinese neighbor which is already a great deal for the villagers. Chinese has left its impression from local level to national level and international level.

  This poultry farmer Bishnu Magar has his words 'I like the way Chinese like chickens and how they crave for its legs vigorously'. He humors his words showing the satisfaction he has from the project. Previously he was a jobless young man roaming around the village wasting his energy nowhere. But after the project he planned for the poultry farming where he shells chicken and egg. Now he is living a normal happy life.

  'Once my small daughter suffered from diarrhea, though it is a common disease due to the damaged road I was not able to take her to hospital in time. I still remember that day, it was raining heavily and river was above the level of head and no vehicles. I had a very frightful night.' Mina didi(sister) sigh in the middle of doing her chores. 'Sometimes I think they are angels for all of us, roads are good now. They are maintaining the roads every season. They are also using local labors making most home employed. I even heard the ambulance service will also be provided soon for all villagers' she said with that pretty smile on her face.

  “Though I did not understand his language, that Chinese was there for helping my husband while he falls from the tree” says a woman whose husband is lying at a hospital bed out from any serious injuries. Chinese helped him with his car while he saw the accident. Chinese and Nepalese have those friendly and helping relations. They may not be able to express out clearly but they know each other to some extent. “I don’t know how to speak thank you in their language but I mean this and may god bless their nice heart” says his tearful mother.

  China has stand on this land Nepal with these kinds of small, big and beautiful hopes. China has lived up to Nepalese heart. No matter what the government says, law says when we smile they smile back greeting “Ni hao” and we say “Namaste”, that is the type of relation we share, simple and pure. Also their knowledge, skill, discipline has always been an example to all the Nepali workers and people around them.

  In nutshell, this energy trade process is a long term relation and still more are yet to come. Some other hydropower projects are proposed like West Seti of 720MW and some are completed like Upper Madi, Upper Marsyangdi A, but Nepal is always grateful and keen for China's support for never ending time.【Alisha Paudel】