One year after two major quakes devastated much of Nepal, Nepalis are still trying to piece their country and their lives back together. SIM partner United Mission to Nepal (UMN) has been in remote regions like Dhading for years and has continued to support the people their throughout the disaster's aftermath. - Photo by Mark Morrison.
Durbar Square in Kathmandu, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, suffered much damage during the earthquake and aftershocks. Though rubble and debris have been cleared, little has been done to repair the buildings - Photo by Denise Poon.
Reuters has reported that of the 4.1 billion USD that has been donated to the Nepali government, nothing has been spent on reconstruction yet - Photo by Denise Poon.
With monsoon beginning around June, there is anxiety for those who are still living in temporary shelter, which the Red Cross estimates to be 4 million people - Photo by Denise Poon.
Those who have suffered and will continue to suffer the most from the earthquake are the rural poor. The village of Ewe is located in Dhading, one of the districts worst affected by the earthquake - Photo by Denise Poon.
Dhading is located in a mountainous region of Nepal; in addition to damaged homes and buildings, landslides caused by the quake destroyed fields that villagers - most of whom are subsistence farmers - depend on for their living - Photo by Mark Morrison.
Relief efforts that immediately followed the earthquake were often slowed by transportation obstacles to and from remote villages. Many villages cannot be reached directly by car, and are several days' walk from each other - Photo by Mark Morrison.
In the village of Tawal, also in Dhading district, many are still living in temporary shelters, or have made use of tarpaulin to cover exposed parts of their homes - Photo courtesy of Ramesh Man Maharjan.
Many Nepalis who live in the rural, remote villages can neither afford nor have easy access to materials to reconstruct their homes. The best strategy is salvaging stone and wood from collapsed houses, but rebuilding them with more earthquake-resistant techniques - Photo by Mark Morrison.
The Nepali government has promised 200,000 rupees (2,000 USD) to each family for rebuilding, but no one in this village has yet received any of the money. The government will not give to any families who have already started rebuilding, so many have left their houses as crumbled heaps, waiting to receive the much-needed funds - Photo by Denise Poon.
Many neighbors are helping each other rebuild - "perma" is the local word for this idea of mutual help. "Before the earthquake, people were always helping each other and it still continues today," said Shree Bahadur Tamang, whose home is currently being rebuilt. "We cannot wait for the government, we have to rebuild our homes now." - Photo by Mark Morrison.
Pream Bahadur Tamang, right, and his family are still living under their tarpaulin-covered shelter. He has been watching his neighbors rebuild their houses and has decided to wait and see if their homes last through the upcoming monsoon season before he decides whether or not to rebuild his own house. His family, including his son Bir, left, disagree with his decision - Photo by Mark Morrison.
United Mission to Nepal (UMN) and local partners have been holding mason trainings in the villages in Dhading in order to teach about earthquake-safe building techniques - Photo by Denise Poon.
Even if Nepalis in rural areas cannot afford new building materials, they are still able to apply techniques such as how to test for landslide-prone soil. “Their motivation to learn about earthquake-resistant building techniques encourages me,” said Rajesh Maharjan, one of UMN’s mason trainers. - Photo by Denise Poon.
Prakash Talmasina, a construction project manager for UMN, checks on villagers in Tawal to see how rebuilding is going and what techniques from the mason trainings have been helpful - Photo by Mark Morrison.
Kalimaya Tamang breaks stone that will be used to rebuild the church building in Ewe - Photo by Mark Morrison.
After the earthquake Shreesti Tamang, moved to the Terai in southern Nepal for school, as the school in her village completely collapsed during the quake. She has returned home to Tawal and though she is glad to back and reunited with her friends, she misses her younger brother and sister, who remain in the Terai - Photo courtesy of Ramesh Man Maharjan.
Children in Dhading have been able to return to school, as UMN has built 14 temporary learning centers throughout Dhading. UMN has begun to upgrade these temporary centers into semi-permanant ones, and also plans to build 45 permanent learning centers - Photo by Denise Poon.
UMN is also supporting Nepalis in helping regain their livelihoods. Kalimaya Tamang received a goat for her women's group to use to earn money and her family is currently working to regrow the crops on their plot of land - Photo courtesy of Ramesh Man Maharjan
Ram Kumar, left, and Bhawana Sunar, right, are jewelry makers in Tawal. Kumar was trapped by falling rock during the earthquake. Bone in both his legs were shattered and his head was cut open and bleeding. Despite receiving treatment, he is still in great pain. "It's not safe here," he said. "I am feeling weak...it's hard to walk." - Photo by Mark Morrison.
Fulkumari Tamang's leg was broken during the earthquake and she has only just begun to walk again. Her two daughters died in the earthquake, a loss she has not recovered from. "I don’t know what to say about hope, my two daughters passed away. I don’t know what to do. If I think of dying, my time has not come. No matter what, I have to make a living, rebuild, and eat." - Photo courtesy of Ramesh Man Maharjan.
“The rebuilding work is not over. We so often shift our thinking to another disaster, but the people in the former disaster are still in that disaster,” Jens said. “There are Nepalis still living in tents and under tarpaulins. Let us not forget those still suffering. Continue to pray for Nepal.” - Photo by Denise Poon.
"They live in a very harsh environment, particularly up in north Dhading," said Peter Lockwood, a program management advisor at UMN. "They are a tough people...they’ve got on with life, they’ve tried to salvage what they’ve got." - Photo by Mark Morrison.
"We need more workers in this part of God’s harvest field," said Gabriel Jens, SIM Nepal director. "As people in the earthquake affected areas are hungry for God, the church is growing even faster after the earthquake than before." - Photo by Mark Morrison.