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A new normal in Nepal

Picking up pieces in the aftermath of devastating earthquakes

On April 25, 2015, a massive earthquake struck Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. The 7.8-magnitude quake set off a series of aftershocks—some as large as magnitude 7.3—that continue to this day. The destruction has taken over 8,000 lives and injured at least another 16,000. Over 500,000 homes and buildings have been destroyed, including many historical sites in Nepal. Countless people are left in the aftermath, coping with the loss of family members, houses, and their sense of stability.

The effects of these quakes have been felt by many BIC children and leaders near the SPICE hostel in Biratnagar, Nepal. Aftershocks of the major quakes have brought tens of thousands of dollars in damages to the hostel and surrounding facilities. Many BIC Church pastors and leaders are still unable to repair their homes due to a lack of available resources. Shemlal Hembron, national director of the BIC Church in Nepal, asks for support: “Please pray for SPICE children and God’s protection upon them.” To learn more and to sponsor your own child through the SPICE program, visit bic-church.org/wm/spice.

This article originally appeared in the fall/winter 2015 issue of In Part magazine.

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