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Nepal’s view before and after the formidable earthquake.
Nepal’s view before and after the formidable earthquake.

On 25th April an earthquake of magnitude 7.9 richter scale struck in Nepal. It was one of the deadliest earthquakes in the history of Nepal. Gabish Joshi, our Export Consultant in Nepal, wrote an update about the severe situation in Nepal after he returned from the Global Source China Sourcing Fair on our mission to promote sustainable global trade. God bless Nepal, Gabish and his family and friends!

On the one hand, I am glad to share with you that my family members are safe.

On the other, I am sorry to share that many of our Developing Country Export Assistance Program suppliers are having one of the toughest times of their lives. Though limited human casualties have been reported from suppliers, many of the producers and artisans have lost family members and homes and are now living in temporary shelter sheds.

Similarly, many artisans have returned back to their respective villages to look after their family members and homes. After the earthquake, more than 1 million people left Kathmandu.

Just to reiterate, on April 25 an earthquake of magnitude 7.9 richter scale struck Nepal. It was one of the deadliest earthquakes in the history of Nepal. As per online sources and social sites, more than 8,000 human causalities have been reported to date. It is estimated that the death toll will continue to rise beyond 15,000. All the country’s U.N. heritage sites have been destroyed by the earthquakes. Aftershock jolts are still ongoing.

In my case, though I realize I should feel fortunate that I was not here facing this horrible and devastating earthquake, I was feeling helpless as I was not in a position to do anything for my family and people when they needed support the most. Personally, I am not sure how long it will take me to return back to normal life. As I live very close to Kathmandu Durbar square, whenever I visit the Durbar square area now, the devastating scene of the historical city really wrenches my heart.

I never thought in my worst dreams that I would have to witness all these horrible scenes/things in my life. But it’s mother nature and we are helpless before her fury.

Let’s pray for the victims who lost their lives in this disastrous natural calamity and hope that the entire nation will come out of this mourning situation soon.

God bless Nepal!

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About the author – Gabish Yoshi

Gabish Yoshi

Gabish is based in Kathmandu as an Export Consultant for the Hinrich Foundation. He is responsible for further advancing the organization’s mission through Developing Country Export Assistance Program.

He has more than a decade professional experience in International trade. Prior joining the Hinrich Foundation, he worked as an export head for a fair trade organization in Nepal. Besides this, he has also worked for a fair trade organization in New York. He has participated in major international trade shows in Europe, North America and Asia.

Gabish has a Master’s degree in Business Studies from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Equipped with his robust, real life experiences including international exposures, he is determined to fully support Nepali suppliers to advance and promote sustainable global trade.