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Repair ‘N Despair: A Story of Hope in Times of Trouble

Repair ’N Despair is the untold story of hope in tragedy as three brave volunteer youth groups set out to rebuild Nepal in the aftermath of the April 2015 earthquake.

In April 2105, Nepal was struck by its most devastating natural disaster. A series of earthquakes, measuring 7.8 — 8.1 on the Richer Scale, brought the gritty Himalayan nation to its knees with untold tragedy and grief.

With infrastructure having collapsed overnight and the government stretched due to the ensuing chaos, we followed 3 youth groups who took charge to shape the destiny of the country.

Repair ’N Despair is a personal eyewitness account of Revanth Yalamanchili, a traveller and an entrepreneur, whose family is currently building one of Nepal’s most ambitious hydro-power plants.

Called in by his family to help mobilise relief and rehab for those affected on his site, Revanth got an unfiltered view of Nepal’s unsuspecting heroes, who had jumped into the fray to turn their nation around.

There were others who played a formative role in bringing the country back on its own feet. These heroes sprung up as volunteer self-help groups organically to answer the call to duty.

The Helping Hands of Nepal was founded by 3 young Nepalis soon after the earthquakes to help distribute food and rescue material to the victims. The team soon grew to over 300 members to instil hope where there was none.

F.O.R.E. (short for Friends of Royal Enfield) is a gang of bikers who reached out to some of the most impoverished regions of Sindhupalchok against all odds.

Bibeksheel Nepali is a young political group founded to spread change within the grassroots.

They played a pivotal role in carrying out rehab work in the most affected areas.

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