A major earthquake in April 2015 destroyed many schools in Nepal. At the Shree Gramanati School in the village of Killa in Kavrepalanchowk (commonly known as Kavre) district, the building hasn’t been rebuilt. Some classrooms, like this one, are without proper walls. Killa and the area around it does not have road access, so some students walk up to three hours to attend school.
Khushboodil Muslim, 32 (left), sells flutes in Taumadhi Tole, a square with historic and religious buildings in Nepal’s Bhaktapur municipality. Muslim, an Indian who has lived and worked in Nepal for eight years, says he earns about 1,000 to 1,200 Nepali rupees ($9.39-11.26) per day selling flutes that range in price from 20 to 350 rupees (19 cents - $3.29).
Neel Maharjan, 44, left, with her 65-year-old brother-in-law, Tare Mam Maharjan, salvages bricks from her home in Khokana, about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu. The home was destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake. Neel Maharjan says she waited more than 10 months after the earthquake to salvage building materials because she believed the house would eventually completely collapse, making it easier to gather bricks and wood. She hopes to receive a government grant to rebuild her home. Until then, she’ll continue to live in a temporary shelter.
Children and young people pull a large, multi-tiered chariot that carries a statue of the Hindu god Bhairav in Nepal’s Bhaktapur municipality. The event is part of Bisket Jatra, an annual, nine-day street parade that is held to celebrate the Nepali New Year, which falls each year in mid-April. This year, New Year’s Day was April 13.
Manijt Bahadur Chepang, 80, is a basket weaver in Pida, a rural area in Nepal’s Dhading District. He has been making baskets, which are often used to carry water jars, grass or firewood, since he was 15 years old. People tie the baskets to their heads or shoulders with rope or cloth to carry their loads. Chepang pays 350 Nepalese rupees ($3.29) for a bamboo tree from a local forest, which he strips into thin pieces for weaving. He makes about five baskets from one bamboo tree and sells each basket for 250 rupees ($2.35). The only basket weaver in his area of the community, Chepang has a thriving business, selling about 200 baskets a month from his home or at the market.
Dinesh Karki, 22, and his sister Kamala Karki, 27, sell flowers, incense sticks and other items in Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square in Kathmandu, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage monument zone. The square was damaged in a major earthquake in April 2015, so it’s now held up by wooden beams. The siblings have sold goods in the square since 2011, but now they worry it will collapse on them while they work. The square is among an estimated 2,900 locations with cultural or religious value that were damaged in the quake.
Empty gas cylinders in front of shops are a common sight in Nepal, where an ongoing blockade along the border with India has made basic necessities scarce. The blockade, which started in September 2015, has pushed prices up: A cylinder of cooking gas on the black market sells for 8000 to 9000 Nepalese rupees ($77-86). The normal rate is 1500 rupees ($14).