Rebuilding Nepal's Most Remote Villages

Rebuilding from a natural disaster is always a difficult task. It's much more challenging in rural Nepal, where many villages sit a few days’ walk from the nearest road. This October, six months after two earthquakes devastated much of the country, Ben Ayers and Jhanak Karki of the Dzi Foundation trekked to remote villages in the Khotang and Solukhumbu districts. Dzi, a nonprofit development group out of Colorado, is backed by such companies as Vitol, Marmot, and Goldman Sachs. Its most urgent task is to rebuild 31 earthquake-damaged schools. But its long-term goal is to develop economic stability in areas that have traditionally had none. Photographs by Adam Ferguson for Bloomberg Businessweek

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    Ben Ayres (left) sits with Dzi staff member Jhanak Karki (2nd right) and porters while camping on Gyang Kharka Mountain in the Khotang District of Nepal on Oct. 27. 

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    Jasbahadur Thapa, age 54, stands in his earthquake damaged home in Rakha Bangdel, Khotang District, Nepal. Jasbahadur's home was damaged in the May 12 aftershock of the April 25 earthquake, and he currently lives in a temporary shelter. 

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    A husband and wife look over the ruins of their home, which was destroyed by the aftershock of the April 25 earthquake in Rakha Bangdel, Khotang District, Nepal.

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    Ranimaya Rai carries her baby through the door of a temporary shelter in Kumlu Village, Solukhumbu District, Nepal. The aftershock destroyed 13 houses in Kumlu, leaving many residents in temporary shelters.

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    Men cut timber for new construction in Namlung Village, Solukhumbu District, Nepal on Oct. 28.

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    Dzi Foundation staff, local NGO partners, and community members attend a Chachalung community development meeting to discuss the future of of Chachalung Village in Solukhumbu District, Nepal on Oct. 29. A landslide caused by the May 12 aftershock of the April 25 earthquake threatens 150 households that house 750 people.

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    Bali Dhan Karki, a teacher at Jana Hith Primary School, sits for a portrait in an earthquake-damaged classroom in Rakha Bangdel, Khotang District, Nepal. The school was damaged by the aftershock, and children currently attend school in a temporary learning center provided by the Dzi Foundation. 

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    Nepali Rai children line up for an assembly at Busuki Lower Secondary School in Tamua Village, Solukhumbu District, Nepal on Oct. 30. The school has structural damage caused by the aftershock. The Dzi Foundation is retrofitting the school, building one new classroom, and has also provided a temporary learning center. 

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    Local villagers traverse a landslide between Bung and Cheskam villagers near Bung Village, Solukhumbu District, Nepal. A landslide between Bung and Cheskam Village destroyed a footbridge, making it treacherous for villagers to commute and trade.

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    A man walks over a suspension bridge in Chachalung Village, Solukhumbu District, Nepal.