Nagkang Gyalbo Ghale, 85, resident of Dhunche VDC of Rasuwa district of Nepal. He lost his son and wife more than a decade ago, he now lives alone. He has chronic back pain which has restricted his mobility. These difficulties have been compounded by vision and hearing loss. The devastating earthquake last April flattened his house. In a matter of seconds, his world crumbled and he became homeless.
None of this however, has curtailed Nagkang’s indomitable spirit. At 85 years old, he remains active. He makes and sells bamboo buckets, bamboo nets, and bamboo mattresses to earn money. He spends the rest of his days in the jungle collecting firewood, winding up the day with a shot of whisky that is given to him free of charge from the local wine shop.
After the earthquake destroyed his home the villagers gave him shelter for few days before GOAL’s Emergency Response Team intervened. GOAL provided him with tarps, kitchen sets, blankets, a mattress and a corrugated galvanised iron sheet.
GOAL is currently supporting him by helping to reconstruct the house which he used to call his own. Nagkang's eyes welled with tears of joy as he watched his home being rebuilt. He thanked GOAL profusely for being a source of light in his time of grief and despair.
Photos courtesy of Sundup Lama