Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken in Nepal

Plaque above Kathmandu

Photo taken high above Kathmandu where we could clearly see the city below. The broken stones we saw then may foretell what this city may be now — broken in many ways.

Could be that we’ve had Nepal on our minds lately, but the word for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken just seems appropriate for that country right now. Not that we have any additional news.  But just looking through our pictures taken in 2011 makes us realize that what we saw then may not even be intact after the April 2015 earthquakes.

What we remember, though, is all positive when it comes to our memories of a Habitat International build in a village about 45 minutes from Kathmandu.  We watched as the homeowner took a pick ax and broke up the rock in the quarry on his property.

Homeowner in Nepal breaks up stone from a quarry on his mountainside property

Homeowner in Nepal breaks up stone from a quarry on his mountainside property

Broken pieces were “daisy-chained” up the mountain where stone cutters continued to shape stones into building blocks for a stone-and-mud home.

Stone cutter breaks up stone to form building blocks for a new home in Nepal

Stone cutter breaks up rock to form building blocks for a new home in Nepal

And then those broken and shaped stones formed walls for a new home for a young couple and their daughter.

 Adding doors and windows to a new home in Nepal constructed of stone and mud


Adding doors and windows to a new home in Nepal constructed of stone and mud

May that circle be unbroken as we continue to help others around the world.

For more entries in the WordPress challenge this week — Weekly Photo Challenge: Brokenclick here.

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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17 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken in Nepal

  1. Pingback: Broken | My Own Champion

  2. I visited Nepal 6 months ago and it’s just like yesterday. It’s hard to stop the tears but I do believe they can rebuild all wonderful of theirs. Thank you for sharing the pictures

    • Thanks for your heartfelt response. I feel so badly for the people who seem to have lost some of the treasures they revered. I hope to get more information in the future of what’s lost and what’s being rebuilt.

  3. May the circle be unbroken… –Curt

  4. Lovely response at a time when we all think of Nepal with some heaviness in the heart. 🙂

  5. Interesting perspective. Is is a new way of looking. http://www.bellofpeace.org

  6. dawnkinster says:

    Perfect for this. We need to keep Nepal in our hearts.

  7. Tina Schell says:

    What a perfect example for the challenge – really nicely done. I especially like your closing thought.

  8. What important memories, Rusha. I hope the young family is ok today.

  9. Amy says:

    They have endured so much… Thank you for the post, Rusha!

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