Bhaktapur is a historic little town, a short drive outside of Kathmandu.
It was just over a year ago that the 7.8 earthquake, which killed nearly 9000 people, took place. Before the quake Bhaktapur was a vibrant town with a majestic city skyline. Today, desperate people remain in shaky tarpaulin tents and small tin sheds. No running water, bathrooms, very limited electricity. Monsoons are due any day.
After a year the biggest long-term challenge is still housing. Around 90% of buildings in Bhaktapur were structurally compromised. Even though the houses are standing, no one can live inside them. The temples that are still standing have lots of damage to the statues and artifacts inside them.
It is here that I came with my trekking friends – Brianna Gallo, Micheal Costa, Christie Solomon and Mark Kern to give out the solar lights that Epic Photo Tours and I raised funds for. The people were so appreciative and happy and my biggest regret was that we didn’t have enough for everyone.
Here are some photos which will give you a glimpse into this unforgettable afternoon.
I am off to Namibia and will continue spreading the “Lights for Life”. Thank you all for helping us helping others!