I thought this might give you a sense of what it is like for some of the people I know in Nepal. Unfortunately rain and thunder is in the forecast for the next few days. But international aid is slowly arriving and as mentioned before, I have seen lots of evidence of the Nepalese helping themselves.
Shree Krishna Dhital is a community leader I met while I live in Banepa last year. Check out his blog here and the innovative work he is doing for his village, leveraging his engineering education.
After the earthquake struck, Shree checked with his wife to ensure she was OK and then got stuck into mobilizing the rescue operation in his village Phoolbari. He has worked tirelessly since and in all the hype, has been sharing updates with a few of us. Take a look. Photos by Shree.
Shree is working with Rotary International to commence fundraising to rebuild Phoolbari Village. If you wish to support this initiative, please contact Shree through his blog.
On another note …..
Binay, one of the interns that I worked with at SIRC last year, sent a few photos of a demolished old city Bhaktapur. I recognized one of the temples, and sure enough I have a photo of myself in front of this temple when Binay and Nikita took me on a foodie tour of Bhaktapur. Take a look for yourself.
What I do not have is any contacts in the Langtang area, the epicentre of the earthquake. Rescuers are only arriving there earlier today, it’s so remote. Landslides abound there apparently, with few homes standing. God help them.