Robert McPherson (b.1982) is based in Norway. He freelanced for Norway`s Aftenposten National newspaper from 2011-2016. For Aftenposten newspaper he covered features, sports, news, portraiture and culture. In 2014 he also freelanced for the...
An overview over Kathmandu before sunset shows small, fragmented rays of light in the windows. Restricted use of electricity in the city is evident. At summer time the electricity is turned off for eight hours a day.
At Odd Hoftun Square, right next to the Khimti 1 power plant, the lit football field allows the children to play soccer until late at night. Before the power plant came, there was no electricity in Khimti. Now the village has unlimited access to electricity.
Mother Maiya Khadka is silent. She spends most of the day with their animals and looking after them. She works barefoot in their arables. She says she wishes an education for her children, that she didn't get herself.
Homework is performed by the window where there is natural light for the Khadka family. On the other side of the river she can see houses lit when it gets darker, but even though their house is only a few kilometres from Kirne Bazar in Khimti, they have been told it is too far away to access electricity.
The youngest daughter Any Khadka is working equally as hard as the others. Statkraft helped fund a private school in Khimti, but only the son in the house has the privilege of going there. The girls attend the local public school.
Barefoot and in a traditional costume, Maiya the mother of the Khadka family works twelve hours straight in the heat, with hardly any breaks. When the father in the house comes home from work, the family eat a small meal together and go to bed as the light disappears around 7.30 pm.
Nepal is the second richest country in water resource but they still meet challenges with building hydropower. Everyday electric current goes off for hours and people are compelled to live in the darkness. Norway is one of the countries who have earned a lot of money on building hydropower in Nepal, but the country itself still remains poor and undeveloped. After the earthquakes that struck Nepal in 2015 the situation is even worse.