Nepal Health Clinic
Looking out from a second-floor window of a health clinic, every building in sight is cracked or collapsed from the earthquake. The health clinic alone stands undamaged, an oasis of stability in a chaotic landscape and a refuge for three families.
Within the past two years, World Vision retrofitted the health clinic building to be earthquake resistant. Strengthening reinforcements added to the exterior effectively made a “cage” that protected the building — and anyone who might have been in it.
“We are seven people staying in this room,” says Sajani, 25, standing at the window. “These things are not ours; they belong to the health post [clinic].”
She points to a house in the distance with cracked and broken walls. "We cannot get any of our things out of our house,” she says.
They share a kitchen and the few other things they have. The building serves as a medical outpost and is not open on a daily bases, but only when scheduled clinics are held.
Liz Satow, World Vision’s national director for Nepal, says earthquake resistant construction can be a lifesaver in a disaster-prone country like Nepal.
“The aid distributions are important right now, but we can’t put off looking to the long-term,” she says. “Since the quake, the resilience of Nepalis is even lower than before.”
“We’ve got to help people build back safer,” Liz says.
Video ©2015 Ben Chandler/World Vision