In 2015, I spent some time in Nepal and travelled to the eastern region of Kanchenjunga to hike through the Himalayas near the Tibet and Sikkim borders. On April 25, while I was in the remote village of Ghunsa, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the country. Although many parts of the Kathmandu valley and other areas of central Nepal were badly hit, the eastern region was spared too much serious damage. However, with power and phone lines down we had very little idea of the situation at the time. After turning back, it took us five days to reach the nearest town with a working phone and internet connection. It was only then we understood the full extent of the earthquake damage.
Speaking with friends in the city, I decided to travel back to Kathmandu to join the grassroots organisations working in the worst affected communities. I spent the next month helping with independent relief work and delivering emergency aid to some of the people and places most in need. The independent group I was part of later became a registered NGO, and an organisation we collaborated with still run important sustainable development initiatives around the country.
The below is a selection of images I took in Nepal around this time, a few of which appeared in the collaborative photobook project Nepal 425. They serve as visual documents of my journey, and help remind me of the resilient communities I met in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.