One year ago today, on April 25, 2015, a massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, devastating the Himalayan country. Over 8,700 died and tends of thousands injured. Buildings collapsed and roads cracked as the earthquake violently shook, changing the lives of several Nepalese people.
As monetary donations came in from all around the world to help these people, victims were slightly relieved that there was help available. Over $4.4 billion US was pledged globally but only about $2.8 billion US has been delivered. However, very little of that has been spend on recovery and almost none of it spend rebuilding housing or schools as the Nepal government only recently came up with a plant to build earthquake-resistant buildings. Non-government organizations are only given the go-ahead today to build permanent housing.
Many are frustrated at how long it’s taking for the rebuilding process to occur, leaving several living in temporary shelters and no school for an entire year. There is speculation that government corruption is to blame for the delays as there’s no explanation for where the money is. Kashish Shrestha, an environmental activist in Kathmandu said
“I think what people really care about at this point is just to get the work done. Don’t just take the money. Don’t just make it out-and-out corruption. People are saying. ‘If there’s a percentage involved [that goes in bureaucrats’ pockets], that’s fine, but get the work done!'”
The Nepalese people are learning how to build better homes but are struggling to find the funds to build them. Hopefully the money will come soon so they can finally start the permanent rebuilding process and do what they can to try and live their lives.