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JANHABI HAMAL

A Tale of an Unsung Hero!

It had been more than a decade since I last saw him, not even on Facebook as I do not have one. It's not that I never thought of him. There were hundreds of things which would remind me of him. One thing that never slips from my memory is his bunch of keys that he often played with, unconsciously as he taught grammar lessons to us. It had in it, a miniature set of cutlery- three tiny bronze spoon, fork and knife - which I adored so much as a kid. In my six-year-long teaching career, there had been many times when I remembered him and tried to be like him. I would consider myself quite successful, if I could have given to my students, to the schools I served, only a small percentage of what he has given to his students like me and the school I went to. I often wonder if my daughter would be as lucky as I was, to go to a school run by a Principal like him.


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RANGEL SHRESTHA

Remembrance

25th April, 2095 

Dear, Someone up there, I don't know why I'm writing this letter to you. I'm not even sure that who is going to reach you sooner, this letter or me? But if this letter gets there first then I just want to tell you that I relive that departure everyday and not a day has passed that I do not miss you since then. Here I am today, after eighty years, just thinking about you like it happened yesterday. There was an earthquake today and it has stirred the cauldron of my memories again. I survived today, again. I don't know if I should consider myself lucky or unlucky but this takes me back to the time when I lost you in front of my eyes.


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SHWASTIKA POUDEL

I still remember

The devastating earthquake of the April 25 has left us with an indelible experience that will never be erased from our mind. The fear that gripped us that day makes everyone shiver till date.


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Beeju Poudyal

An earthquake diary

"When my watch's minutes hand and hour hand strike '11:56 am' my body starts to ache, my heart starts to beat haphazardly and my muscles start to cramp. Oh my God! That moment was really the worst time in my life because that was the time was when entire Nepal shook up. "
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Saurav Shrestha

Dr. Ojaswi Pradhan and team HFRC

Soon after Nepal was hit by an earthquake, Dr. Ojaswi Pradhan along with a team of her doctor friends formed a group to help earthquake victims.  To begin with, there was a need for funds. So everyone from her team started requesting friends and relatives abroad for whatever they could contribute. It did not matter if the help came in small amounts because at that moment even a small help counted as a big one. Soon the funds were received after relatives and friends from China, USA, UK, Hong Kong, Australia and Dubai collected funds for relief.
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SABITA KOIRALA

In the blink of an eye

Well, it was definitely not a typical afternoon like the other afternoons, something was certainly weird about the air that I breathed and my heart was restless.

We had a Pooja ceremony in the terrace of our home – a three and a half story building -- in mid Baneshwar. About ten of my family members were seated, the Pooja had just begun when we felt the initial jolt and then the horror started.


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MILAN KUMAR KARKI

Giving attention to earthquake victims

A devastating earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale hit the nation on April 25, causing a huge loss of lives and properties.

It is really hard for every Nepali at home and abroad to erase that painful memory from our mind or even to remember that day. It made us realize how strange this life is, we cannot even trust the ground beneath us.

After experiencing such a mega earthquake, lots of things underwent changes, but the feeling of helping people and providing them with genuine care has not changed. I always have one feeling in my heart that Nepal is my home and all the Nepalese people are my brothers and sisters. With this strong feeling I started helping people from the very second day of mega disaster.

I went to Basantapur Durbur Square, Dharara as a helping hand and helped the Nepal Army to find the dead bodies and clean the areas. I worked with the Nepal Army for two days and realized that the people who lost their families, houses need help. I started to think what I could do for them. I shared my feelings and ideas with Khem Lakari, CEO at GATE College, who suggested to me with hot foods for hungry people. This is the best way of helping earthquake victims for us because in this period of time people are lacking nutritious and healthy food. So I made a team of 10 people who would prepare a hot food in the college and serve the people by going to their places. We served around 250 people daily in the different places in the Kathmandu Valley.

Hot Food For Hungry Campaign went very well; people were getting hot food even when they were not getting proper food. People were so happy and smiling; they forgot about their pain for moments and enjoyed their food. Still when I remember those moments I feel happy. Though Hot Food for Hungry people went for a couple of weeks but I never stop feeling for helping the victims. So, I continued my help in a different way; started to help as a trauma relief boy. I worked with different categories of people (School children, orphan, teens and old people). I experienced a number of challenges but still kept on moving. I took every challenge as a part of learning and development of my life. Honestly, this is the best moment of my life.

The new beginning to normal life is what we talk about now a days and it is not wrong as we have to sustain and maintain the economy of our nation. Can we take some time out of our normal life and think about those who are out there in those remote corners still waiting to be rescued? I suppose the value of their life is not less than ours and even they have the same rights as ours to live the same normal life. Let's join the hands for helping each other so that we will rise again.
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Ashish Lamsal

Be safe and rescue others

The devastating earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter  scale that hit the country on April 25 shook all of us, causing a huge loss of lives and properties.

When the clock chimed 11:56 am, busiest Kathmandu city felt a great tremble of earthquake, sending people outdoors and leaving them panic-stricken.


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Earthquake 2015: A narrow escape

It was a terrible experience. We - my wife, my eight-year-old daughter, and all the staffs of my office - were in Sindhupalchowk district when the devastating earthquake struck on April 25. We went there for a short vacation. We were saved just by 5 minutes for several times but all the time God saved us.


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RAJAN POUDEL

Philanthropy amidst earthquake mayhem

The traumatic experience of April 25-earthquake will never be obliterated from our memory. The deadly earthquake with 7.6 on the Richter scale that struck at 11:56 am with its epicenter in Barpak, Gorkha snatched away our near and dear ones, leaving tens of thousands injured. The disaster has left many parents childless and children without parents.


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SUSHIL MANANDHAR

April 25 earthquake: The nightmare of life

When you have courage and passion to help others, I believe no any mega disaster could trouble you to do it. The same thing happened to me after the April 25 earthquake that struck at11:56 am. The earthquake shook everyone, terrorizing and making them weep through emotion.


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YOUB RAJ BASNET

Post-quake reconstruction, rehabilitation and social protection

Heartbreakingly, the devastating earthquake that rocked Nepal on April 25 claimed more than 8 thousand lives and damaged tens of thousands of houses. Till date, many people are still buried under the debris. The people are in dire need of water, food, medicine, shelter and clothes. Although the government has tried its best to support the victims and also taken measures to contain possible outbreak of disease, people from badly affected areas are still traumatized due to their loss of livelihood, relatives and more importantly their shelters. Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, has been struggling to tackle this kind of immense disaster.  Therefore it is calling for an international assistance to reconstruct the infrastructures.


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