I’ve just returned from a 6 month trip to Nepal where I spent several months in this period documenting stills footage for local and international non profits organisations. Helambu Education & Livelihood Project (HELP Nepal) was one of the local NGO I assisted – their core involvement were to improve accessibility and attendance levels in education amongst children in the Earthquake affected region east of Kathmandu as well as provide livelihood for people in the area.
On this occasion, our mission was to distribute school supplies to primary school children in remote villages in the Sindulpalchok region. The three hour bumpy drive took us through gorgeous vistas of Kathmandu Valley and beyond. Winding our way up steep and narrow hillsides, I was awed by the beauty that beholds. Set high amidst the clouds with stunning backdrops of Trisuli River and the Himalayan mountain range, it was almost like a scene straight out of a fairytale. Almost.
Here, as consequence of furious landslides the roads are dangerous, rugged and muddy. Destroyed homes lined the countrysides like brickwork cavities strewn with dusty piles of rubble and patched up with haphazard corrugated tin sheets of varying sizes suspended together by planks of rotting wood here and bamboo there.
It has been over a year since the first devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, yet all around the nation, countrysides like Sindulpalchok – one of the hardest hit of the country’s 75 districts, are still dotted with shaky tarpaulin tents and small tin sheds that seem barely strong enough to withstand the monsoon rainstorms due this summer, let alone another tremor in this earthquake-prone region.
Students of Shree Urleni Primary School and Shree Gyanodaya Primary School, Mahankal living in these temporary shelters in remote alpine villages walk up to 2 hours each way to the top of the mountain where they attend schools constructed with the assistance of HELP Nepal. On this day, we were there to distribute school supplies consisting of text books, writing materials and other educational supplies.
For more images from our trip, check out my online NGO Reportage – Accessible Education for Remote Regions.
To donate to this worthy cause and know that your dollar is going to a local NGO based in Nepal, go to HELP Nepal.
Photography commissioned by HELP Nepal.