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What does sustainable development after a natural disaster look like? 

On this week’s episode I am speaking with Beth Huggins, program coordinator at Conscious Impact.

Conscious Impact is an organisation that invites international volunteers of all backgrounds to join their camp in rural Nepal and offer skilled or unskilled labour, financial donations, and compassionate service to local communities.

On the 25th of April 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and injuring nearly 22,000. This earthquake was one of the darkest days in Nepal’s history, 800,000 homes were destroyed and a further 298,000 were damaged. 

4 years on, there are still remnants of this earthquake wherever you turn. It is estimated less than 20% of homes have been rebuilt since the earthquake struck.

The region of Takure, in Nepal’s east, lost 99% of their homes. Through a long-term partnership and collaboration, Conscious Impact is helping to rebuild this region. 

Topics discussed in the episode - 

  • - The story of Conscious Impact (01:40)
  • - Earthquake relief efforts in Nepal (04:00)
  • - Developmental challenges in Nepal (07:30)
  • - How to provide sustainable development (19:15)
  • - The success of  sustainable agriculture (26:00)
  • - What it’s like to volunteer in Nepal (34:00)
  • - Beth's personal experience with Conscious Impact (39:00)
  • - The importance of finding and creating community (44:00)

You can refer to my blog for more on Conscious Impact or visit their website to learn about how you can support this cause. 

Artwork credit: Ankit Tanu

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