What can we do when yet another disaster of this magnitude strikes? It’s a question we all ask ourselves, sitting in the comfort of our homes. I’ve had the urge to get on the next flight to Kathmandu to volunteer, but over time I’ve come to realize my naiveté in thinking I can be helpful in a catastrophic situation. I’m not trained for disaster relief or equipped to deal with the situation at hand. Here’s a good read about better ways we can all take action.
Something else we can all do is believe in Nepal and remember this beautiful country and its people, especially after the media has lost interest and moved on. Here are some images from two trips in 2000 and 2005. My photos are old and low resolution from the days when I was still shooting film. But the color and spirit of this country are as clear as ever.
As the search for survivors goes on, I’m happy to report I’ve heard from Sagar Pandey and can confirm his safety. Sagar is the owner of Himalayan Glacier Trekking, based in the heart of Kathmandu. I received this message from him yesterday:
Thank you so much for your concern, thanks Almighty GOD we have been saved and sound, all the family members, friends and HGT team. How are you?”
I have not heard back from Ashish Gurung — trekking guide, husband and father of two beautiful daughters.
Sherpas I’ve had the honor of camping with — Lal, Raghu, Chandiman, Janga, Yadav and Bhola Kaji — were most likely working in the Khumbu when the earthquake struck and have probably been hard at work evacuating people from the valley. The only way out is by helicopter or by foot.
Om mani padme hum.