This photo essay is a compilation of images taken by members of the Social Science Baha research team located in Kathmandu, Nepal. The pictures were taken while conducting the first stage of fieldwork in the spring of 2018, and give a brief overview of community members’ experiences following the earthquakes of 2015 in three distinct regions of Nepal: Kartike, Sindhupalchowk; Borang, Dhading; and Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley. Although each location felt the effects of the earthquakes very differently, overarching issues such as access to construction materials and government funding, adherence to strict building codes, availability of skilled and unskilled labourers, and the sustainability of local forms of knowledge are seen across each site. These issues provide a pathway for understanding the complexities and contradictions present in Nepal’s ongoing reconstruction.
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Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley