Amanda V/O: In April this year, the earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people and devastated countless communities. The earthquake measured a magnitude of 7.8 and was one of the worst natural disasters to hit the country in 80 years.
00:54 Amanda V/O: The damage was vast and spread throughout the country from the epicentre of the earthquake in Gorkha, as far as the mountainous district Sindhupalchok.
Amanda V/O: 84% of homes here were totally destroyed and it’s taken over 6 months to clear the rubble. The main source of income here is farming. But entire fields were wiped out by landslides. Worst of all, in this small community, 1,767 people lost their homes.
01:19 Nepalese woman (to Amanda): My sister in law was buried under the rubble. No one went to retrieve her body, so I dug her out myself.
01:31 Nepalese man (to Amanda): I am very afraid. My children are always scared there will be another earthquake. 01:40
01:45 Amanda (to little boy): Namaste, Namaste. What’s your name?
Little boy: My name is Buddhiman.
Amanda: Buddhiman , nice to meet you.
01:47 Amanda V/O: As I continue up the mountain, I meet 31 year old Lal and his three sons.
01:56 Amanda: You look like you’ve got three very good boys here.
Lal: Yes. They are good boys.
02:02 Lal PTC: Before the earthquake I was making a good living. I had enough money coming into the household.
02:11 Amanda V/O: Lal and his sons take me to see the plot of their old house. As we turn the corner, I’m shocked by how little is left.
Lal (to Amanda): Where you’re standing used to be the house.
Amanda: I can’t believe this was once a house.
Buddhiman PTC: My old home was a really nice place to live in. I used to play, study, eat, sleep and have fun.
02:47 Amanda V/O: Lal and his eldest son Buddhiman , weren’t home at the time of the earthquake, but his two youngest sons and his wife were.
Amanda V/O: Not only did Buddhiman lose his house, but he suffered even greater heartache as he lost his mum too. 02:55
03:30 Buddhiman: Mummy and my two brothers were home that day. One brother got buried. So did my mummy.
Buddhiman (to Amanda): Over here was where mummy was buried. There used to be a door here that was where she got trapped. Her neck was trapped in the door and the pillar fell on her. She died and there was blood.
Lal: When our sons were told that their mother was gone forever they cried a lot.
03:38 Lal PTC: I felt very very sad. I cried and I felt helpless.
03:54 Buddhiman (to Amanda): She did not make us do chores. She wanted us to study. She loved us very much. I miss her.
Amanda: Did she give you lots of cuddles? (Buddhiman nods) And did she make you laugh? (Buddhiman nods)
04:06 Amanda PTC: Talking to these children, they’re so stoic and so brave and, you know. I don’t know whether they’ve had to grow up quicker or what it is but I’ve never been a country I don’t think where the people have been so peaceful and so welcoming and selfless and want to give you everything, when they have nothing.
04:30 Amanda V/O: It’s now November and winter is coming. The temperature is dropping.
Soon it will be freezing and they don’t have much to protect them from the elements. 04:41
04:45 Buddhiman points to bed
Amanda: This is where you sleep?
Amanda: Ok I can see straight away above there massive gaps. Obviously wind and rain is going to come through.
04:51 Amanda V/O: Buddhiman and his brothers currently live in a temporary corrugated iron shelter.
05:05 Buddhiman: When it rains a lot it gets very very cold. I shiver when it rains.
Lal: It’s difficult to live in cold weather in that shelter. My children are feeling the cold.
We do not have duvets or mattresses or warm clothes. I have no income. If my children get ill I cannot buy medication.
05:25 Amanda V/O: Save The Children are now working hard to distribute special winter kits which contain essential items to help keep families warm this winter. But in these mountainous areas there are many more communities still yet to be reached.
05:43 Amanda PTC: Inside, are the things that we just take for granted. Blankets, wooly hats, socks. Over here is a roll of foam, this can be used for insulation for plugging up holes, for sleeping on and all of it could save the lives of thousands of children just like these, across Nepal this winter. So please, please, text now.
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