There is something quite unique about Thakur. Perhaps it’s his warm heart or those kind eyes we’ve all come to be so fond of. At 25 years old, already a responsible husband and father to his family, Thakur earns his living as a porter, commuting several hours from his home in Nuwakot to the inner cities of Nepal, carting heavy goods over great distances.
When Thakur set out to the city on the morning of April 25, 2015, he had no idea how his life was about to change and that he’d be suffering the loss of his baby daughter. As the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, Thakur found himself running faster than ever before as he rushed home to reach his family.
“During the earthquake, I didn’t know what was happening. I was scared and just started to run. I couldn’t find anywhere safe to escape to until I found a road and suddenly blacked out,” Thakur recalls.
When he finally came to, he ran for 2 hours until he reached his family and youngest daughter who was severely injured. He rushed her to the nearby hospital, only to find that she needed a surgery they couldn’t afford. In an urgent bid to save their daughter’s life, Thakur and his wife took out a private loan.
However, after an agonizing 17 day wait in the hospital, their daughter sadly passed away the day before her surgery. She was 9 months old.
When All Hands Volunteers came to help clear the rocks and rubble, noone quite anticipated the magnitude of the bond that would be created with Thakur and his family. Moved by their story and remarkable resilience in the face of such tragedy, it would have been difficult to not be equally transformed.
As noted by staff member Tim Hill:
“He opened his home and heart to me. He shared with me a story that I and many others could never fathom, a story of hardship and loss on an incomprehensible level. For someone who has lost so much, his love and honesty touched me in a way that will stay with me for the rest of my life”.
Each day, as the volunteers arrive on site, Thakur and his family await with a big warm welcome. Optimism is shared all around the site as volunteers rubble away and suddenly, a weight is lifted.
“All Hands Volunteers helped me when nobody else would.. I would have never been able to clear this rubble by myself. Because of the volunteers, I finally feel happy again.” said Thakur.
Thakur’s wife smiles and we are once again reminded of the extraordinary fortitude of a nation that has lost so much their warmth, generosity and unfailing optimism a lesson for us all.