Nepal

Godmaya, our host Grandmother

26th February 2016

Godmaya, 73 lives with her family in the village of Kiteni, high up in the hills of Hetauda, Nepal.

We think this set of portraits show the strength, warmth and character of this amazing woman!

Her and her family were happy to speak to us their daily lives, the devastating earthquakes and their hopes of our future work together.

“I’m happy to see the strangers in the community! I hope they bring new knowledge and training on how to develop our community.

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“We’re happy to see volunteers here and we are keeping them safe and well fed!”

The earthquake caused many landslides, and saw many houses damaged, and still remain damaged, but everybody was thankfully ok.

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“As a community they all moved up to the school to be together as we were scared, we stayed for a week until the aftershocks stopped.”

It took about a month and a half for people to be brave enough to go back and live as normal inside their houses.

Our water supply was damaged, but has got better since, although we frequently run low of water supplies, especially during the summer dry months. Two had already run out during the day we were there.

The community pulled together and helped each other.

We are struggling to make the repairs while we wait for some government funding.

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Most families in the village are farmers, although they do not do this to make money, they only sell on their produce if there are larger crops. For those who choose to work they need to travel to the larger cities to work. The father from our family travels to Lamjon, for his employment. Others will go to Hetauda and to Kathmandu.

Education, health and food are the things we need income for. Education is difficult to come by here, for example the school in the village only caters for up to age 10, and all older children need to do a 4 hour round trip to Bhaise to attend the high school.

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We’re happy to see volunteers here and we are keeping them safe and well fed!”

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