Photo: 3rd December, 2015. 98-year-old Dhana Maya Chepang of Namtar-9, Makwanpur district. The Chepang - a Tibeto-Burman indigenous people numbering around 52,000 in Nepal - are among the most economically deprived and marginalised communities in the country. More than half of those killed in the April 25th and May 12th, 2015 earthquakes were from marginalised communities such as the Tamang and Chepang. 35 Chepang families lived in the ward of Namtar-9: 26 of those families had their homes destroyed by the earthquakes. Kathmandu- based NGO @himalayanclimateinitiative (HCI), in conjunction with the National Volunteering Program, supplied lightweight, easily constructed, climate smart shelters for those 26 families in the first phase of its 'Resilient Homes' program. Dhana Maya was one of those recipients, having lived with her family under a tarpaulin sheet for the previous 7 months.
April 25th marks the fourth anniversary of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal, claiming 9,000 lives and causing 22,000 injuries. Around 800,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged, leaving 3.5 million people homeless. According to seismologists, the earthquake has triggered 44,000 aftershocks in the last four years. In addition to houses, more than half the country's schools were destroyed or badly impacted by the initial quake, alongside numerous hospitals and health centres, water and sanitation systems.
I spent a total of 9 months in Nepal during 2015 and 2016, much of it documenting relief and reconstruction efforts by amazing local organisations such as @himalayanclimateinitiative , @nhedf.nepal , @sadbhawscholarships , Yogdaan Foundation and more. Their important work continues today, thanks to the generosity of individual donors. Please follow the links to find out more. - 7 hours ago