Rebuilding smiles in earthquake-torn Nepal

By Rotary International

Rotary members in Nepal build shelters for earthquake survivors.

Rotary members in Nepal build shelters for earthquake survivors.

By Roshan Maharjan, Rotary E-Club of District 3292 Nepal

I was finishing a lecture at the Academia International College in Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal, on 25 April when the ground began to shake with increasing violence and I had trouble standing on my own. Supporting myself on the side of a computer table, I noticed my students were very frightened. As I consoled them as best I could, I also worried about my mother, brother, sister, and wife and children. It wasn’t until I got the text from them that all was OK that I could breathe a sigh of relief, but I was suffering from a terrible headache. The earthquake was 7.9 in magnitude.

After a few hours at the college compound, I decided to go see my family, and found my motorbike knocked over, with the mirror and clutch broken, but usable. My apartment and everyone in it were OK. I was also relieved to find my mother’s old house still standing, but it had developed worse cracks and was not safe to live in. There were plenty of aftershocks, so we stayed out in the open for a few hours until my …read more

Source:: Rotary International Blog

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