My name is Gopal Thapa. I am 42 years old and there are 4 members in my family including my wife, my two daughters and myself. I used to work for hotels in Shermanthan, in Sindhupalchok disttrict for some time before deciding to move back to the village here in Basang. I was about to complete the construction of my home and was planning to move in after performing some rituals. But I guess nature had its own plans. It was that Saturday afternoon while I was digging a canal around the house for a water outlet that the earth started to shake. When the earthquake hit, my house crumbled into ruins and my dream to live in my house turned into a nightmare.
I had spent about four hundred housand Nepali rupees to build the house that turned into rubble and was suddenly of no use. I used reclaimed material to build this temporary shelter. ActionAid Nepal gave us shelter kits; because I had some material from my house, I just took the shelter kit tools. The technical personnel deployed by ActionAid Nepal gave us guidance to construct the house. With this knowledge, I was able to build my house and even parts of the community that I live in.
The tremors were strong and lasted for a long time. During this time we couldn’t work in the fields to plant maize. The harvest could have played a crucial role in supporting our livelihood. But I guess this is what life is. I still look forward to my future. I hope it is not dark. We need to plant millet now. It has been hard, but we are grateful to have organizations like ActionAid Nepal to provide support.
Bisesh Sangat, ActionAid Nepal