Emergency earthquake relief is vital but short-lived. The Dzi Foundation brings Nepalis aid that lasts.
By Abe Streep | December 3, 2015 Photographs by Adam Ferguson From Bloomberg
The road loses form in the night. That’s probably a good thing. It’s not much of a road at this point, more a gully full of boulders and hail drifts perched on a cliff. The truck, a 1980-something Tata, bottoms out regularly. Occasionally it fishtails toward the edge and a drop-off of a few hundred feet into the blackness of eastern Nepal’s Khotang district. “Have you looked down?” asks Ben Ayers, the Nepal director of the Dzi Foundation, a nonprofit development group focused on rural communities. The passengers in the car, myself included, too busy bracing ourselves for the next spine-jarring impact, ignore the question.
We’ve been driving for 14 hours. Our guru—a term of respect for drivers in Nepal—is a 20-year-old kid named Jeevan, who recently took over the wheel from his 17-year-old brother, whom Ayers hired after a guy with an impressive rattail ripped us off. “My brother doesn’t know how to drive,” Jeevan says, his earrings glinting. “He doesn’t even have a license!”