Almost two years has passed, since that tragic April 25, 2015. On that day, Nepal was struck by a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake. My brother was there.
He went back to Nepal during April 2016, and witnessed first hand the devastation left by the natural disaster, especially in the worst affected area, the epicentre of the quake: the Gorkha district.
Through photography, he shed a light on the life of the forgotten people of this district, releasing his first freelance reportage, Gorkha: One Year Later.
Almost a further year later, I went visiting Nepal and Gorkha district too, just to find out that basically few things had changed, and people were still heavily coping with the aftermath of that tragedy.
Photo by: Enrico Fabi
In both occasions, the impact with, and the understanding of, the Gorkha‘s community has been fostered by the Gorkha Foundation, a grassroots NGO heavily committed with the reconstruction of several schools throughout the district.
Children represent the future, especially for a country such has Nepal, afflicted by poverty and political uncertainty.
Therefore, we decided to play an active role in the redevelopment of Gorkha, promoting the Indiegogo fundraising campaign
Following Matteo’s steps in 2016, I went visiting Gorkha Foundation during early 2017, spending over a month under the guidance of Basanta Devkota, one of the Foundation’s Field Coordinators. He took me around several institutes, both completed or under construction. I witnessed the joy of pupils going back to school in a brand new building, whereas many others, two years after the earthquake, were still having classes in temporary tin shelters with no electricity nor heating.
My footage and pictures, supporting the Gorkha: Rebuilding the Future campaign, are dedicated to those children and their family, relentlessly engaged in a daily struggle to come back to their ordinary life.
Although being the cradle of modern Nepal and homeland of the renowned and fearless Gurkha soldiers, the Gorkha district is far from the capital Kathmandu and the most beaten touristic routes.
Reaching this region means several hours on a bus, following perilous unpaved roads winding among the mountains. People of Gorkha are far from politics, and politics is far from Gorkha. While other regions of the country have been swiftly supported in the aftermath of the earthquake, people from Gorkha are almost forgotten.
The lack of emergency relief combines with the general distress of a corner of the Earth where access to electricity and drinkable water is volatile, hygiene standards are sometimes questionable, and mother nature often turns harsh.
Nevertheless, people from Gorkha do not give up, and, instead, are always keen on smiling and, eventually, work harder and harder. I spent a month among them and their mountains, and I seldom felt home as I did while in company of these simple, beautiful people.