Thanks to all the volunteers and locals, it’s moving again.
Tamang women of Kalyanpur
In Ward No 5. Kaili Tamang stands in front of her house. All the houses in the village were destroyed by the April 25 quake
Mother and child
Luckily there was no casualty in the village
Uma Tamang gave birth to a baby boy five days after the quake, on May 1st. She sleeps in a makeshift shelter with her newborn.
Uma’s baby boy, 5 days old
Children from the nearby Dalit settlement
Lakshmi B.K. She says she was injured during the quake. Her neighbours guess her husband beat her up in a drunken rage as he often does
Deuti B.K., Lakshmi’s mother-in-law
Binda B.K. (Lakshmi’s daughter-in-law). Binda has five children and is pregnant with her sixth child (four days overdue). There is no safe and private space where she can go into labour, so she is impatiently waiting for tents.
The kids are eating instant ramen noodles mixed with beaten rice, the only relief supply they have received thus far
Parvati B.K. (née Tamang) – Binda’s sister-in-law – with her newborn child.
Older men from this community still follow their traditional occupation. They are blacksmiths. This hoe was made by Deuti’s husband
The younger men do not want to follow in their fathers’ footsteps as it does not bring an income. Bishnu B.K., 20, works at a restaurant in New Delhi. He came home after he heard about the quake and plan to return soon.
Lakshmi. What’s captured in the frame is all the land her family owns.
What remains of the local school. Luckily the quake struck on a Saturday, when the school was closed
All the villagers are living in makeshift shelters
This 103-year-old woman is the eldest figure in the village. The 1934 quake did not cause such destruction in our village, she mourns
Some families are doing what they can to repair and reconstruct
The supplies truck has finally arrived
Beautiful Kalyanpur Nuwakot
Dhan Bahadur Tamang, blind in one eye. His son and daughter are working as labourers in Malaysia. “They don’t keep in touch,” he complains. “They didn’t even bother to visit me after the earthquake.”
Sharareh, Our team member
Gita Sunar (right) is heavily in debt. Her husband took a loan from a high-caste family in a neighbouring village before he went abroad for work first to Iraq and then to Saudi Arabia
young woman w baby
Women carrying their supplies home. Several men in the village are away working as labourers in east Asia or the Gulf region
An alarming sight: an entire hillside is about to come down. School children walk down this path every day (the nearest public secondary school is in Ajingare, 1.5–2 hours walk from Ward No 5).
Volunteer doctors and nurses from India have set up a health camp in Deudi (Kalyanpur, Ward 7). They are eating kaphal (bayberry), which ripens in nearby forests at this time of year.
On our way back
Our team went back next day to distribute tents in Harkapur-25, Pyunswara & Antar Thok-32, Deudi-16, Aaptar-13, Kafalsanghar-8 . Our team member Sharareh obtained the tents from Midtown Rotary Club.
We also sent bags of essential supplies and cash gifts to three pregnant and new mothers we had met in those villages. The fund was created by one of our friends specifically for mothers in need.
Hauling the tents
Locals in Deudi with the tents – thanks to Rotary Club
A Dalit family in Kafalsanghara village after they received the tents and new mother supplies.