On April 25, 2015, just before noon local time, the country of Nepal was rocked by a massive earthquake with a magnitude registering between 7.8 and 8.1 in most areas. The epicenter of the quake was Barpak village in the Gorkha district just a little northwest of the capital city of Kathmandu. Of the 1200 houses in Barpak, it is reported that only 10 are standing, and there have been massive casualties and property losses all around Nepal. The current death toll is already 6,300 with roughly double that number being critically injured. There are also countless more missing in the chaos.
Relief efforts have been quick to mobilize during this severe humanitarian crisis, and all around the world there are people trying to do their part to help. Berta Tilmantaite is a Lithuanian multimedia journalist who spent a few weeks hiking through the Himalayas in Nepal two years ago, which she describes as “one of the best experiences I ever had.” She took some beautiful photographs of the people and landscape of Nepal, and is now selling these prints and donating all of the money received to relief organizations in Nepal.
Even though Berta was devastated to see the extent of the destruction and carnage in the country she came to love, she says that “mountain people are strong as mountains themselves, they will survive and keep on living.” If you’d like to support a really excellent cause and get yourself beautiful photograph in the process, please visit this page to view/purchase prints.
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