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MEET THE MAN WHO REBUILT A NEPAL VILLAGE ON HIS OWN

By Mukul Arora . 24th June 2018 11:30am
MEET THE MAN WHO REBUILT A NEPAL VILLAGE ON HIS OWN

Back in April 2015 a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake shooked Nepal. The earthquake destroyed most of Nepal's heritage sites. Life of Maila and Dawa Jangbo Lama came to standstill as it completely destroyed their small village. Their house which also had a boutique, a guest house and a grocery store was damaged beyond repair. [caption id="attachment_40451" align="alignnone" width="541"] source[/caption] For many people it may go like life will never be same again but these two came out with repair and rebuilding plan for the village. Today the village is back to life. Before the earthquake, Manekharka was a quiet picturesque village. Most of the villagers were bound with tourism activities as they were hosting tourist guests in their homes. They were used to serve tasty veggies and soups to their guests. Manekharka literally translates to 'The land of many stupas and greenery' and its just 65 kms from the capital Kathmandu. [caption id="attachment_40453" align="alignnone" width="528"] source[/caption] The Manekharka community leaned on one another during those difficult weeks. They cooked and shared meals together as one family. Rather than the usual pleasantries, the village greeting became ‘Have you had food?’ An experienced carpenter, he salvaged some corrugated tin sheets, a doorframe and some mesh wiring to build a shed for his family with a borrowed hammer and nails. Within a couple of days, he was able to protect his wife and three young children from the elements. Many villagers in Manekharka replied to even the most basic questions with Ke garne ghar chaina, meaning ‘What can I do? I have no home now’. Buoyed by his achievement, Maila led a handful of villagers to replicate the process for the dozens of other homeless families over the next two months. His initiative: to put a roof over every family’s head. And his work gave the community a new lease on life.

“We’ve made it through many challenges since we got married 27 years ago,” Dawa Jangbo said. “We will continue to do what we can and rebuild Manekharka.”

this content was originally published in BBC travel's blog.