Three weeks after the earthquake hit Nepal, I made my way to Kathmandu from Mumbai along with a team of doctors (who were mostly my cousins and a few friends). We were a group of nine in total. For me, it wasn't just about my Nepali heritage, but also a sense of duty that took me across the border. Clichéd as it sounds, it was a life-altering experience and I cannot stress the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone and putting others' interests before your own. I spent my time north of Kathmandu, in the district of Sindhupalchowk, and more specifically in the villages of Listy, Sakhuwa and Fulping Katti. I documented some of the damage and the progress of relief work. These images tell a story that I cannot put to words.
On our way to Sindhupalchowk, we found that houses that one stood on the riverbank were floating in the water.
Destruction on the way to Sindhupalchowk.
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People awaiting their rations in Barabise.
Two little boys share a hug in Barabise.
A man walks past the destruction. A lot of people were wearing masks due to the massive amount of dust caused by the landslides.
Dinner provided by the villagers of Sakhuwa. We had to eat our dal-bhaat (a staple in Nepal) under flashlights due to power cuts.
Kids eating protein bars in the village of Listy.
Kids enjoying their protein bars in Listy.
Villagers in Listy.
This child in Sakhuwa had cerebral palsy and was often unable to speak. She had no one to take care of her and was living in a goat shed all by herself. She is now living in an orphanage in Kathmandu.
A lady cooking for the village.
A couple posing for the camera in Sakhuwa.
Menuka stands with a bag of rice. Behind her stands what remains of her house in Fulping Katti.
Menuka led us to Fulping Katti up in the mountain; here she is with the other children taking relief supplies from us.
Woman in Fulping Katti.
Villagers in Fulping Katti.
Father and son. Even when the villagers have so little, the boy still offered to share his lunch.
Villagers carrying supplies up the mountain.
Cracks on the ground post the earthquake.
Dr. Dipika Shrestha vaccinating villagers in Listy.