Artisans at Khusi Hona's Lotus Center in Goa. Photo credit: Geet Sharma I first met Matthew van Rooyen, 35, in the outskirts of Kathmandu, under the eerie shadows of the damaged Boudha Stupa, three sh...
Terry O'Connor, an emergency services doctor for Blaine County in Idaho, is an avid long-distance runner and a climber with a passion for Nepal. O'Connor completed the 4th Annual Idaho Mountain Trail Ultra Marathon (IMTUF 100) in September, and dedicated this gruelling 100 mile (160km) race to the rebuilding efforts in villages across Nepal.
The remote district of Chitral in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has been left reeling after torrential monsoon rains triggered devastating floods. "Many houses have been washed away in villages across Chitral District. The people here need immediate assistance to rebuild their homes before the harsh winter starts," says Dr Talha Rehman, a Trustee of the Elaj Trust who has stepped up to lead the mission to provide medical assistance to flood victims.
Caption: Volunteers of Elaj Trust hand out bottles of water at Karachi's busy intersections in June. The severe heat waves in Pakistan's port city, Karachi, has claimed more than 1,000 lives this summ...
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Since the earthquake, the streets of Thamel have been much quieter. They're not quite deserted, but they don't feel like a flourishing and buzzing tourist destination anymore. Fortunately, though, the spirit of the entrepreneurs in Thamel is very much alive. Many business owners have cautiously reopened their shops, and are anxiously on the lookout for the next tourist to walk through the door.
India's relief operations on the ground have come to an end, but Nepal continues to battle its post-earthquake challenges. Besides the almost daily aftershocks, the upcoming monsoon season is expected to start within the next two weeks. The expected rains and strong gusts of wind will threaten the tens of thousands of people living in temporary shelters, and increase the risk of landslides in mountains across Nepal.
I'm devastated and disturbed after spending the day in the mountains of Nepal's Sindhupalchowk District with Dr Fahim Rahim. He chartered a private helicopter to deliver food and plastic tarps to several remote villages, which have been completely flattened by the earthquake. Today I realised that most professional journalists and bloggers (including myself) have gotten it so wrong. The story of the Nepal earthquake is not about the rubble, it's about the people.
A small team from Skycatch, a San Francisco-based startup that specialises in data mapping from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) flew into Kathmandu a few days ago. They're on a mission to provide an accurate 3D model of the damaged UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so that proactive steps can be taken to protect them before the monsoon season starts.
We, as Nepalis, are mourning the loss of thousands of our people, coming to terms with our centuries-old historical monuments turning to dust, and trying to cope with earthquake PTSD. We are really grateful to you for standing with us at a difficult hour.
Even several days after the Nepal earthquake, Dr Pramod Khanal and his team were the first responders in every village they went to. Despite walking for miles through difficult terrain, sleeping in a tent without a mattress and working around the clock, Dr Khanal didn't take a break.
The streets are of Bhaktapur lined with temples, houses made of bricks glued together with mud, and handicraftsmen selling gorgeous dragon masks, little temples made of wood, and other artefacts made of brass. But not today. Today was different.
My family and I moved to Kathmandu when I was 2 years old, and I lived here for the next 16 years. I had to come back here to do what I can, including documenting history to share with the world. It's painful to see my hometown go through so much suffering. Kathmandu is more-or-less in good shape, but I can't even imagine the state of the thousands of small towns and village across Nepal. I took these photos with my GoPro, as I walked through the streets where I grew up.