On the 25th of April 2015 Nepal was shaken by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed some 8700 people and displaced hundreds of thousands. Some 8 million people were affected by the tremor. Seventeen days later an aftershock measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale further damaged already weakened buildings, further setting back aid and assistance.

While Kathmandu Valley was worst effected, farmland and resources were also heavily damaged, with the quake also causing carnage in some parts of nearby Bangladesh, India and China.

Unfortunately, as at the time of undertaking this project, many people were still yet to receive any serious monetary or structural assistance from the government or overseas aid, forcing many to rebuild their homes themselves by hand. This has been attributed to mismanagement by government and difficulties moving materials over rough and damaged ground. Non-Governmental Organisation reconstruction efforts were barred in Nepal during this time, and were not allowed to operate until April of 2016, a year after the initial destruction. As at August of 2016, just 275, 000 of 600, 000 claims had been fulfilled by the government aid program.

Many thousands of people had to live for months in tents provided by the UN and China Aid programs. One such area where people still lived in temporary housing was in Bhaktapur within Kathmandu Valley.

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