“Nepal’s Heartbeat”

September 19 Premiѐre of   “Nepal's Heartbeat” … … lives within the infinite resilience of its people at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre at 7:00 pm In the sequel of “Five weeks in Nepal” producer Nick Versteeg, takes us back to Nepal to show what happened with the donations that were made two years ago after the devastating earthquake that killed more than 8000 people. We travel with Nick and his guide Bibi to the Khumbu Valley and see the rebuilding process first hand. In the chaotic city of Kathmandu they are rebuilding the three hundred year old temples that […]

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Five Weeks in Nepal – 2nd documentary

After our arrival back from Nepal in April this year, I have been working hard on our follow-up documentary of “Five weeks in Nepal”. This documentary will feature the rebuilding efforts and more since the earthquake in 2015. It will be shown on Tuesday September 19 at the Cowichan Theatre for the Performing Arts in Duncan, BC.  Details on tickets to follow soon. When we were in Nepal two years ago and witnessed the devastating damage of the earthquake in Khumjung I promised the school children that I would come back with soccer gear for their school. Before we embarked on our second trip […]

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My days with Dr. Bishnu Pandey, a world expert in reconstruction after earthquakes

Dr. Bishnu Pandey, born in Nepal, is a teacher in structural engineering at BCIT in Vancouver and a world expert in reconstruction. He has been to forty different countries affected by earthquakes over the last ten years. In 2005 he was in Pakistan after a 7.6 earthquake that killed more then 80.000 people. I contacted BCIT a few months ago and heard that Bishnu and his engineering team were still working on reconstruction projects in Nepal so I contacted him. We set up an interview with Bishnu at the Institute for Earthquakes in Kathmandu and traveled a few days with […]

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The road less traveled!!!

  After a few days rest in Kathmandu we travelled with Rob Tournour, owner of the masonry company in Victoria. Rob started an organization called “Another Brick For Nepal”. (see picture). His goal is to build schools throughout Nepal. To visit his first project we had to travel over a 1200-meter mountain pass, with steep cliffs (no site railings!!) and limited sections of road for about hundred meters and then huge broken portions. Although flying to and from Lukla is a challenge, I start to believe that driving on the roads here is much worse. We had a major storm […]

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Back in Kathmandu

I have arrived back in Kathmandu after a harrowing flight from Lukla. We were delayed by 7 hours but that is nothing compared to some delays that can take a few days. However we hit the tail of a major storm; the plane was bouncing up and down and the flight took twice as long. I must confess I was quite happy when we landed safely in Kathmandu! I have always been curious to find out what actually happens the first day(s) when an earthquake hits and who will be in charge. On April 25, 2015 it was Colonel Sanu […]

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