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Today marks the anniversary of the largest aftershock Nepal felt—a 7.2 magnitude quake—after experiencing its largest temblor in 80 years on April 25. 

A few weeks ago, I returned from my first trip to the Himalayan country. I was there to cover the rebuilding process. At almost every turn, I heard stories that were borderline unbelievable: Women who escaped their homes seconds before collapse; groups who came together to build a road so ambulances could get in to treat the injured; a woman who saved her father-in-law only to realize she broke her ankle in the process. 

I am privileged to travel for Heifer to gather these amazing stories, and each participant I meet I carry with me in my work. But the women I met in Nepal left an indelible impression on me. Each one showed such strength and courage in the face of incredible circumstances. And while they suffered an incredible set-back, they're picking up and moving forward. 

Watch the video here for more of my impressions and stay tuned for the Fall edition of World Ark magazine where I'll tell even more of the story.

Annie Bergman visited project participants almost one year after the devastating earthquakes in May 2015 struck.


Annie Bergman

Annie Bergman is a Global Communications Manager and helps plan, assign and develop content for the nonprofit’s website, magazine and blog. Bergman has interviewed survivors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, beekeepers in Honduras, women’s groups in India and war widows in Kosovo, among many others in her six years at Heifer.