article by John Fredricks
On April 25th, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Nepal’s Gorkha region stuck the nation killing almost 9000 people and injuring over 21000 throughout the nation and it’s neighbors. Immediately after, a coalition of countries from all over the world flocked to Nepal to assist the relief effort and deliver much needed supplies. As the story faded from our news headlines, many of the relief organizations that were quick to arrive began to pull out before the heavy rains of the oncoming monsoon season. Never meant to be faded from attention, Nepali’s from the displacement camps of Kathmandu to areas of the earthquake’s epicenter in the Gorkha region awaited the response and guidance of anyone willing to deliver it.
Above photo: One month after Nepal’s catastrophic earthquakes, a once busy street in Bhaktapur, south of Kathmandu, rests destroyed and abandoned. Most buildings in the area have been labeled unsafe by structural experts who came to Nepal after the earthquakes struck the nation in late April. Most relief organizations are prepared to leave before the monsoon season hit at around mid-June, which would cause new challenges to projects and a spike in expenditures.
Bhaktapur, Nepal. May 30th, 2015. John Fredricks/NurPhoto