It's been nearly a year since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal near the capital city of Kathmandu on April 25th. Since that time, LWR and partners have been working with communities in the heavily affected Lamjung and Ghorka districts to provide immediate relief and long-term recovery assistance. With your generous support, LWR began immediately responding to the earthquake, assessing needs on the ground and working with partners to distribute food, shelter kits, and other urgently needed items. Work has now shifted to long-term recovery and livelihood rebuilding. Read more about LWR's response to the Nepal earthquake.
Michael (Mike) Johnson, an LWR Philanthropic Advisor, recently traveled to the Ghorka district to see the work first-hand. While there, he kept a video diary where he introduces you to LWR staff, partners and the people you are reaching through your gifts.
The videos are in reverse chronological order - so scroll to the bottom to follow his journey from the beginning. We'll add new videos as Mike shares them, so keep checking back!
Day 5 (pt. 2) - Greetings, from Kolki
The community of Kolki comes together to greet LWR staff. Watch as Mike and others try out millet pancakes, a local treat.
Day 5 (pt. 1) - Kolki, Lamjung District
Mike and LWR staff visit an earthquake effected community and Mike ponders the realities of a community that has just four months of food security.
Day 4 (pt. 2) Cash-for-Work
In many of the communities LWR serves after an emergency, we provide cash-for-work opportunities for families to earn income for doing work that helps the community recover. Have you ever wondered what that looks like? In today's video diary, Mike shows you!
Day 4 (pt. 1) - A Day in Ghorka District
Mike and other LWR staff visit a village in the Ghorka district that was heavily affected by last spring's earthquake. Watch as they meet families and hear how the earthquake has affected their lives and livelihoods.
Day 3 - Traveling to Ghorka District
Mike, along with several LWR headquarters and local staff travel by truck to the Ghorka district, an area hard-hit by the earthquake.
Day 2 - Kathmandu
Meet LWR's Nepal staff and tour our local office!
Day 1 - Arriving in Nepal
Mike explains why he's in Nepal and how LWR has been working in the country before and since the earthquake.