Nepal 360: Building Back Better?

Reporter   BHRIKUTI RAI   @bbhrikuti
Videographer   BIKRAM RAI   @rumdaleerai

Two years after an earthquake destroyed more than half a million Nepali homes and 8,000 schools, the vast majority still have not been rebuilt. watch this unique 360-degree video to discover what it’s like for the millions of school children trying to rebuild their lives from temporary shelters and classrooms.

Why has the reconstruction been so slow?
What is Nepal’s education system like?
Is there anything I can do to help?

The earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015 killed nearly 9,000 people and destroyed more than 800,000 buildings. Two years later, more than half a million families have spent another winter in tents, corrugated metal structures, and other temporary shelters. Despite a large commitment of international aid, the rebuilding of homes and schools has been slow.

With the monsoon rains set to begin in a few weeks, the frustration is mounting for ordinary people who have been living in limbo for longer than anyone expected.

Fifteen-year-old Barmai Tamang’s family house was destroyed in the earthquake. She was in the forest, picking berries.

Luckily for Barmai and millions of other Nepali children, the main tremor happened on a Saturday, late in the morning. It’s the one day Nepali children don’t go to school. Some 8,000 schools were damaged – many of them, like Barmai’s, were completely destroyed. But the death toll would have been much higher if the quake struck any other day, or at night when most people would have been in their homes.

The video was produced as a collaboration between OneWorld and Blank Spot Project.

Text: Jeffrey Allen (editors@oneworld.org)