Next-Generation Hope

It is a well-known reality that social discrimination based on gender, untouchability, caste system, social class, and religion exists among people quite deep rooted to the Nepalese society. This practice strongly laden by strong ones to the weaker ones in old times still persists in Nepal and its neighboring countries. Some Nepalese are so proud about this and do not hesitate to embrace that calling that as “well-cultured”, the culture where disparity with people with good social position will always be good, and people with lower position be put down.

We got a chance to meet many young people while being involved in different activities within these few months. And it is, however, a sheer optimism to see the changes is happening, slowly young generation is changing, and it is a change for good. Working hard on earthquake relief and help they are gathering, this generation believes that it is not necessary to follow all the foreign culture and we should be proud of our language, literature, music, food, heritage, things that make us “Nepalese” and create a self-respect on who we are. They have a feeling that with this bias and inequity, we will always be divided and we will never be able to look at another person as a human being. These are the next-Generation Nepal, a Hope from Nepal.


“Cables are not swinging anymore, yes?”

There were three aftershocks yesterday, which were more or equal to 4. This morning students went to school, people went to work, shops were open normally, and things seemed like normal. Aftershock is not considered to be big thing now and people of Nepal are moving on. Amidst the hard times of recovery process, it is possible to find gems in a chaotic debris of destruction.

I have been spending times with kids assisting them to learn to take photos. I like to collect their stories. There are many things I learn about them and couple of heartfelt experience. I love the way how photography allows people to be able to produce visual materials worth value of articulate. In one of the many sessions yesterday, while Rishu(8yrs) was writing a poem, Risan(6yrs), her brother, ran quickly near their camp and came back with a photo and eager to show me.
B: Risan, what have you got in a photo?
R: “batti ko taar” (cable to bring light)
B: “Why?”
R:*smiling and confused*
B: did you see anything there or what do you want to show me?
R: *Rishu trying to assist her brother* “halleko chaina ho?” (cables are not swinging, yes?)
R: *nodded his head and took me with my hand to show that place, and pointing towards sky with some lines of electricity cable above broken houses* that moved some days ago, we don’t have home, I cannot go to school, and my parents are crying.
Rishu: *came running after Risan* Due to earthquake, now and then it swings and my grandpa is very scared and grandma starts to pray. Today it swinged twice I felt very scared. It is not moving now hopefully it does not swing anymore.

Risan: *Rishu trying to assist her brother* "halleko chaina ho?" (cables are not swinging, yes?) Photo: Risan Shrestha

Risan: *Rishu trying to assist her brother* “halleko chaina ho?” (cables are not swinging, yes?)
Photo: Risan Shrestha

Second quake hits the country.

16 MAY

Just experienced another shock, 5.7 magnitude with an epicenter near Ramechhap, Nepal. People are now again in a street while others are tired of being afraid day and night. Seems it will be another night outside!

12 May

We just experienced six big earthquakes in Nepal, the biggest one being 7,4 at around 12:50 local time. There has been more damages and people are loosing hope. Fear, uncertainty, panic, continues. …