Kares Le Roy, 34, French photographer Through my work as a photographer, I have developed a strong connection with Nepal, where I spent a lot of time these last few years to photograph and observe several ethnic groups from this part of the world. The main inspiration to my project “56,000km” was a grandmother from Tibet who had lived in Annapurna for 97 years. She was on the cover of my very first book. In March 2013, I focused my research on her and her village’s surroundings. Back then, I had launched a crowd funding campaign meant for her to be well cared for in her last days to which 114 people had participated. The collected amount (4325€) was donated to her family (details on this project are available on my website).
Christophe Abbou and the team from his agency Azimut Nepal, based in Kathmandu, had helped me a great deal to organise, translate and facilitate all the administrative needs related to my project. Nothing would have had been possible without him and I can return the favour today by helping him with his project brought on by the tragic events in Nepal.
The entire world is aware of the disaster that struck Nepal at 11:50 am on April 25th. A first 7.5 to 7.9 earthquake hit the centre of the country, followed by about 30 aftershocks of a magnitude up to 6.5.
The Kathmandu Valley was severely affected and the cultural and historical heritage substantially damaged. Thousands of victims have already been found and many are still stuck beneath the ruins. In the capital, emergency services are focused on disposing of the bodies and re-establishing water and electricity supplies, so that diseases such as cholera do not creep in.
But the media doesn't show the extent of the damage in the rural areas of the central region. Countless villages have simply disappeared, counties have been destroyed and roads have been swept away by gigantic landslides, which means that many villages have no way of communicating with the outside world. In the villages where the guides and carriers from Azimut Nepal come from, there are no more houses, no food and no access to healthcare.
The Nepalese government, completely overwhelmed and unprepared, brings little or no help to the victims.
This is the reason for this project and call for donations. The emergency aid contribution will be used to help rebuild Gatlang and Thulo Shyapru, two villages that were greatly affected. Instead of scattering their efforts, Christophe Abbou and Azimut Nepal have decided to focus on these two abandoned villages.
To support his enterprise, I'm putting together a 10 day photo sale. All profits will go directly to Azimut Nepal Funds for GATLANG & THULO SHYAPRU.
5 to 10 euros: Symbolic donation.
20 to 40 euros: You will receive a thank you card specially created for the occasion.
50 to 300 euros: You will be able to choose from the 4 photos shown below.