MAGAZINE: Nepal earthquake - one Brit makes short film about his recent journey to a British funded medical camp

Today marks exactly one year since the devastating 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake which killed over 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000.

Monday, 25th April 2016, 5:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 10:01 pm
One year on from the devastating Nepal earthquake

It was Nepal’s worst natural disaster in more than 80 years. Travel videographer Olly Pemberton has just returned from Nepal having captured the stories and sights of a country on the road to recovery and has created a short film to document his journey

A year ago Nepal was hit by one of its worst ever natural disasters; an earthquake that killed over 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000. Entire villages were also flattened and hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless.

Today, the country still has a long way to go in the rebuilding and recovery of its towns and villages

Videographer Olly Pemberton recently returned from Thulopatel, 6 hours east of Kathmandu where he has documented the work of one British funded medical camp as a nation tries to get back on its feet 12 months on from the earthquake.

Through documenting his trip, he has met countless villagers who have suffered significant hardship and emotional and physical pain since the disaster.

His footage tells the stories of many villagers, as well as showing just how badly hit the area was by the earthquake and how far away it is from getting back to normality for those who live there.

The camp was set up by British company Exodus Travels and staffed by Nepali doctors, volunteer nurses and local Exodus staff such as tour leaders, porters and cooks, who have all come together to provide vital help for locals still very much in need.

The work has been carried out thanks to a fund set up by the company immediately after the earthquake which they kick-started with a £15,000 donation which quickly grew to £274,000 thanks to donations from their generous clients. Exodus also won a Sunday Times Travel Award for the money raised and work they have done.

Exodus Travels has been working in Nepal since 1974. To help with relief efforts since the earthquake, they initially provided emergency relief, followed by temporary shelters and then the rebuilding of homes and schools. As well as the medical camp, they are also providing food to children in the area.

However, like many, the company believes the best way for Brits to help in the recovery is by returning to Nepal to experience it and help put vital money back into their economy.