A year of invisible progress

To the casual observer, it seems like nothing has happened in Nepal over the last year. But looks can be deceiving.

A year ago, a series of earthquakes shook the very core of Nepal, killing thousands and leaving tens of thousands without food, shelter or medical care. Reading last weekend’s news reports, it seems that very little progress has been made. Politics and red tape have combined with poor infrastructure—Nepal lacks roads and equipment and communication networks as well as solid emergency procedures—to make rebuilding a tortuously slow process.

New Hope in Nepal: Education Transforms Lives

Last week I was sitting with Anuradha Koirala. Someone popped into her office to tell her that her organization, Maiti Nepal, had just rescued a girl at the border. The girl was about to be trafficked to India. It happens all the time.

Is an Earthquake an Opportunity for Transformation?

In the wake of a disaster, there is a desperate immediate need for food, shelter, medicine and other aid. But in the longer term, entire systems may need to be rebuilt. And in that rebuilding, there may be an opportunity to make something truly positive from tragedy. I believe that this opportunity exits in Nepal today. It is an opportunity to bring education to a far larger part of the population.

The Best Disaster Relief Fosters Independence

It’s quiet in Kathmandu these days. For the last 20 years the city has been overpopulated with tourists and guest workers, all of whom have left, so it’s emptier. But it’s more than that. The quiet relates to a sense of fear.

I feel fear from everyone here: young, old, male, female, regardless of background or social standing. It shows itself in different ways.

The Spiritual Core in Ruins

People are in trauma everywhere in Nepal. Like a doctor in an emergency room, aid workers are focused on the most immediate needs first: food, shelter and medical care. But people’s dignity and culture are equally important—and equally at risk.