It had taken Padam more than two years of hard work in India to save up enough money for the house. He built it with his own hands. Now that it is gone, Padam and hundreds of people in villages like his are living in makeshift tents, a tarp held up by a single pole.
A 2-year-old boy named Ishwore Bohara lives in one of those tents. His grandmother Harka recalls pulling him from the earthquake rubble by his leg and running out of their collapsing house. Her 13-year-old daughter Tuli did not make it out alive.
After nights of sleeping outdoors, Ishwore grew very sick. Harka took the toddler on an 8-hour bus ride to a hospital. “He’s getting better, but not completely,” she said.
Already a widow before the quake, she was helping to raise Ishwore while her son worked far away. At home, Tuli “was my helping hand,” she said, weeping. Now she and Ishwore are alone.