My heart goes out to the people of Nepal. Just today another 7.3 earthquake hit Nepal with thousands injured. This is two weeks after the devastating 7.8 earthquake that killed 8,000 people.
We made this video tribute from our recent trip to Nepal to share our favorite moments from the trip.
As we departed from Nepal in December, I told Jefe that Nepal now topped my list of favorite countries, but that I was relieved to be getting out alive. I was referencing the terrifying driving around cliff-side blind curves and pursuing less than safe adventure sports. Considering the recent Earthquakes and devastation in Nepal, my comment is sadly all the more true.
I love everything about Nepal: the people and their colorful attire, the language and how it flows off the tongue like velvet, the spice filled food, the historic bells ringing across the plazas, and the spinning of prayer wheels as people walk past temples with little murmurs of prayerful words. You can feel the powerful energy in the air from the Himalayan mountain range, and the strong forces beneath the earth that create the majestic landscape.
The toll of the earthquake and aftershocks is so heartbreaking. I see all those people, with friends and family, huddled together in the squares. The same ones that Jefe and I walked upon not long before. The historic buildings collapsed, waiting as a pile of rubble to be constructed again, if ever. Still not knowing how many bodies might be trapped below.
Nepal is considered one of the ‘least developed countries’ on the Human Development Index. The new government has been thwarted by rebellion and corruption. It’s devastating enough when a catastrophe happens to a country with the resources to swiftly rebuild. But here, aftershocks and rains blocked the search and rescue process for days; continuous fear of future earthquakes caused by the shifting still plagues the residents; the momentous task of rebuilding it’s city is an overwhelming burden to bear for a government that’s just struggling to provide it’s people with electricity, shelter, food, and water.
It’s amazing to see from afar the international community and local communities coming to Nepal’s aid. I feel a sense of connection to the place, because of our recent visit. I have family in Nepal too, who thankfully were not injured in the quake, and are there helping in the recovery.
Please consider making donation to the relief effort in Nepal. Here’s a good site linking reputable organizations and what you should know about donating.