004 – Sunil – Takure

ARTIST – JENNY SOEP
PHOTOGRAPHY – WILLIAM BRIAND / ANICA JAMES
INTERVIEW – NETA KIND-LERER

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Jenny - Sunil

Sunil Karmacharya spent most of his adult life abroad, but what happened in his homeland on april 25th 2015 made him leave his comfortable life in the U.S and return, with the strong motivation the help in every possible way.

“I had been living in Boston for five and a half years. I got my Master’s Degree in Business there. I worked at a restaurant as a manager for three years; I was working with my brother at his alternative health therapy and yoga studio. More importantly, my family is also in Boston; my little sister, brother-in-law, their kids, and then my brother’s children…overall my life in Boston was complete; a city where I could do whatever I wanted.”

“At that morning I woke up and it was all over the news.

I decided to get involved in relief work and help in some way. It was difficult because I am not a doctor or engineer and I didn’t have the qualifications to provide the help that people needed. So I took some time and after three months I decided that I would provide whatever I could to my people, I had to do something. So I did some research and came back to Nepal ready to volunteer.

“I found an INGO and I came to find that their work was very good. Up in Takure, Sindhulpalchowk, we stay in tents and live outdoor. Most of our time is spent manually producing compacted earth bricks, it’s very difficult and hard work but now we have enough bricks for one school. The way we live is very hard compared to my life abroad, but I came here from Boston with a vow to dedicate one year of my energy and time for Nepal. I am working here and I can see in my dedication – that is a big thing for me.”

“I find that the combination of my past abroad and my roots in Nepal is very helpful when foreign organizations trying to work here. Often I feel essential as the bridge that connects these different cultures and points of view.”

 

 

 

 

 


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