Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program Launches in Nepal
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. The earthquake killed over 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000. The member organizations of the Hilton Prize Coalition, an independent alliance of the 20 winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, were among those who mobilized staff and resources in response to this devastating disaster.
Nine months later, six Coalition member organizations have come together through the Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program in Nepal to share their experiences both during and immediately following the earthquake. Over the course of February 2016, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Steve Connors traveled throughout Nepal to capture the experiences of these six organizations – BRAC, Handicap International, Heifer International, HelpAge, Operation Smile and SOS Children’s Villages – and share the stories about their staff and personnel, the individuals (and animals!) they serve, and most importantly, their communities as a whole.
As the focus shifts from recovery to rehabilitation, the Hilton Prize Coalition aims to capture and communicate the invaluable voice of those on the ground both in times of stability and in times of disaster and to build a storytelling movement that amplifies the voice of the community. Be sure to check back here for updates from Nepal on the Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program.
(Top – Bottom: Visit to disaster-affected area Bungamati, near Kathmandu District; Meeting with Dr. Shankar Rai of Operation Smile at Kirtipur Hospital. Photos taken by Rasmi Dangol of HelpAge Nepal)
To learn more about the work of Coalition member organizations in the immediate aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, click on the links below.
BRAC 2015 Nepal Earthquake
Handicap International 2015 Nepal Earthquake
Heifer International 2015 Nepal Earthquake
HelpAge 2015 Nepal Earthquake
Operation Smile 2015 Nepal Earthquake
SOS Children’s Villages 2015 Nepal Earthquake