Canadian woman helping rebuild one year after Nepal quake
One Year On: How women are rebuilding earthquake-shattered Nepal
One year on from the earthquake that shattered Nepal, it's the women who are rebuilding the country.
On 25 April 2015, a massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal leaving nearly 9,000 people dead and 850,000 homes destroyed.
A year on, the country is still struggling to rebuild its cities and infrastructure. But its the country’s women that are at the forefront.
Like many women in Nepal, Bimala Balami, 27, is used to hard physical labour. With many men away working in India, Malaysia and the Gulf States, where wages are higher, the UN estimates there are 318,000 female headed households in the 13 worst affected districts.
‘After the earthquake the men in the village were worried about the fact that their houses were destroyed, they roamed about asking ‘what am I going to do?’ says Bimala. ‘But women took the initiative because they just had to keep things going. It was them who stepped up to provide for their children and look after their houses.’
Bimala was watching television with her baby when the earthquake hit and suddenly the electricity went out and the TV shut down.
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