Unloading and storing supplies in Kalikasthan. Prem Tamang, our local coordinator (front), mobilized a huge group of volunteers
We saw threatening landslides all over Rasuwa
Women from Haku (now living in an IDP camp in Dhunche)
Rice, salt and nutri-nuggets for displaced families of Haku. (The wai wai in the background was sent by another organization.)
Double-checking the distribution list
It got dark by the time the distribution ended
Rasuwagadhi on the Nepali-China border was devastated by the earthquake. Immigration, customs, police checkpoint all gone. According to locals, around 21 loaded trucks returning from Kerung bazaar were completely buried by a quake-triggered landslide (along w drivers & passengers). Some have still not been found. The Chinese building across the border stood intact.
The hill that came down and took many lives
What remains of the offices
In Chilime VDC. Some of these villagers walked for 5 hours in the midday sun to reach the distribution point
A modest banner to let the locals know who supported the initiative
Pahal Bahadur Sunar, a young Nepal army soldier based in Chilime, choked back his tears as he asked us for a ride to Syafru Besi, from where he hoped to begin his long journey to his home village in Dailekh. That morning he had received news that his mother had died. “I knew she was ill and tried to get leave earlier but we were busy with rescue and road clearing work, so I couldn’t make it in time,” he said.
Chilime hydropower reservoir
Locals from Gre village, Gatlang
Pots & pans distribution in Gre, Gatlang
These are among the most neglected parts of the country. People in these areas lack access to basic services and live in harsh conditions even in normal times.
Pasang Butti & her son (from Gre village, Gatlang VDC). Her husband, a muleteer, was killed in Langtang by a quake-triggered landslide. Her son has stopped going to school since. She asked me, at least four times, to find someone who can take her 3-year-old daughter to Kathmandu & give her a good education. We gave her NPR 7000 as immediate cash relief (through Nehi Fund). We have been trying to find a sponsor for her daughter — and looks like we may have found one.
Gatlang village, Gatlang VDC. As in all other areas we visited, not a single house was spared.
Water supply pipes
Sagar, 12, lost his father in the quake. His mother left the family many years ago to be with someone else. He is now living with his ageing grandparents.
Sushma Tamang forces her little brother to look at the camera. She was very excited to have visitors in her tent. Her mother served us boiled homegrown potatoes.
Road to Dhunche
The road had caved in but we could drive through it
First distribution point in Yarsa VDC — it was a long and bumpy ride. We distributed rations and pipes in three sites in Yarsa, covering 5 wards.
Men of Yarsa
Gore Ghale of Yarsa 6 rushed back to his village from Malaysia after he heard about the earthquake. His wife was killed in the forest by a quake-triggered landslide. He has 4 children, is heavily in debt and seems extremely worried about his family’s future.
There were also some Dalit families in the predominantly Tamang village in Yarsa
Distribution at the camp for Haku’s displaced families in Kalikasthan. We provided floor mats and school uniforms for children.
Children in their school uniforms. The local school is overcrowded but these displaced kids have no choice but to go there.
Camp for displaced families of Haku in Kalikasthan, Dhaibung VDC
The local coordinators convinced us to use a proper banner after all