Nepal earthquake reconstruction: building back better

None of us can forget the terrible earthquakes that shook Nepal in 2014. We, here in Hong Kong, could not ‘reach’ the victims, of course, but we could support those dealing with the crises on the spot. At first, we rushed rescue supplies by an airline (which is too modest to be named) that took three loads per week. During that time, Hong Kong’s generous community positively flooded us with disaster kits which they brought to our gates in massive numbers, day by day. It was wonderful. Later, some people donated money for reconstruction purposes. We have carefully metered that out over the years with a major partner in Nepal as it is undertaking an excellent programme. (One huge problem after disasters is that, before long, they get forgotten and people can struggle with the aftermath for, literally, decades.) The group in Nepal has two major goals: it is not only re-constructing needed homes, but is also training the local builders in ways that will help these houses be more resilient in case of future earthquakes: ‘Building back better’ as the saying has it. Additionally, they themselves can multiply their knowledge by training others. Again, all of this would be beyond our direct reach in Hong Kong. That is why we love to help others help others.

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