In the news: Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake in April 2015. There was a national action day in The Netherlands to raise funds for Nepal, and Nepalese students and PhD candidates in Wageningen also organized various fundraising events. How is the situation now?
‘The rainy season has interrupted the recovery process. It is impossible to build houses at the moment, so 40,000 people are still living in tents. My grandmother’s house was among those destroyed and she is renting a place temporarily. After the rainy season, she will build a new house with the help of the family. All the people who lost their homes have received a grant of around €1800 from the government for constructing temporary houses. And the banks are also providing them with soft loans.
‘When the earthquake hit, I was in Vienna for my thesis. I haven’t been home since. But my time in Wageningen is almost over. I am flying back to Nepal soon.’