This earthquake in Nepal and the ongoing efforts to rebuild were the focus of the Hilton Prize Coalition’s first production under the Storytelling Program. Below is a recap of some of the stories from the past year that have helped us think about effective approaches to disaster preparation, as well as some updates on the work being done today.
FILM: On Shifting Ground
The pilot project highlighted six member organizations that were among those who mobilized in response to the earthquake: BRAC, Handicap International, Heifer International, HelpAgeInternational, Operation Smile and SOS Children’s Villages. The resulting film, “On Shifting Ground,” has been shown around the world to initiate dialogue around rethinking approaches to disaster response and ways to build community resiliency. Click here to view the film.
Through the production of the film, the organizations gained greater familiarity with one another’s capacities in the region and formed a framework for collaboration that continues to this day. In March 2017, more than 10 organizations met in Kathmandu to establish protocols, building on the lessons learned and their collective experiences in the sector. Read more in this blog post by the Coalition’s Collaboration Coordinator in Nepal, Sumnina Shrestha.
BLOG SERIES: Voices from Nepal
Director Steve Connors, along with members of Storytelling crew, shared insights about their experiences during the February 2016 filming process and beyond, highlighting especially the collaborations that have since taken root.
We were also pleased to learn about BRAC’s ELA program in Nepal that is empowering girls today, in this blog post written by Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow Sheetal Tuladhar.
VIDEOS: Leading Thoughts
Hilton Prize Laureate organizations recognize how critical preparation and collaboration between organizations are to effective disaster preparation. Here are two clips from the “Leading Thoughts’ series that address how these played out in Nepal. Click on the links or watch them on the Story Wall.
Monday, October 24th, 2016
11:00am-1:00pm (EDT) / 16:00-18:00pm (BST)
Overseas Development Institute HQ, 203 Blackfriars Rd, London; and streamed live online REGISTER HERE
Nine months after the devastating 2015 earthquake in Nepal killed more than 8,000 people and injured 21,000, six of the world’s most prestigious humanitarian organizations came together under the Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program to reflect on their unique roles in the world’s response to the disaster. Operating in Nepal before, during and after the earthquake, these organizations leveraged their longstanding history and relationships in the impacted communities to achieve uniquely localized relief efforts, which helped to mitigate long-term damage and loss of life.
Building on ODI’s work on making the humanitarian system fit for the modern era and the work of the Hilton Prize Coalition, this documentary film screening and discussion provides an opportunity for the humanitarian and development communities to rethink conventional approaches to disaster relief and offer next steps on the collaboration necessary to respond efficiently and effectively.
(Housing reconstruction site in the Kavrepalanchowk District of Nepal, February 2016)
Join us for a free webinar screening of “On Shifting Ground,” the Hilton Prize Coalition’s short documentary about the community response to the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 17, 2016
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT) REGISTER HERE
“On Shifting Ground” Film: Community Response to the Nepal Earthquake 2015 – Webinar Screening and Discussion
How can storytelling transform the way community organizations work together? Join us for a screening of the Hilton Prize Coalition short documentary, “On Shifting Ground,” featuring six prize-winning development organizations that mobilized in response to the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Stories told by staff on the ground before, during and after the earthquake offer lessons on disaster preparedness and community resiliency.
(Infographic illustrates the Storytelling process as a catalyst for collaboration in Nepal)
On June 14, the Hilton Prize Coalition will debut its film, “On Shifting Ground,” at Devex World, the global development event in Washington, DC, convening innovators, entrepreneurs and other luminaries of the international development community. The event, an interactive workshop, will consist of a screening of the film followed by a Q&A with the director, Steve Connors, and representatives of the organizations featured. In addition to topics raised in the film around disaster preparedness and resiliency, participants will address the production of the film as a model for catalyzing collaboration between organizations to achieve collective impact. The event will include ASL interpretation.
“On Shifting Ground” features the work of six Coalition member organizations in Nepal that were among those that mobilized before, during and after the 2015 Nepal earthquake and aftershocks that killed more than 8,000 and injured 21,000. Through stories told by the staff of these organizations – BRAC, Handicap International, Heifer International, HelpAge, Operation Smile and SOS Children’s Villages – the film provides a first-hand appraisal of the way these best-in-class organizations stood up to disaster, and shares lessons around collaboration for greater preparedness and resiliency.
The pilot project of the Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program, the film itself demonstrates the Coalition’s new theory of change around collaboration, with the Storytelling Program as the first stage of a multi-stage model designed to engage and be replicated by other NGOs working in a particular region or concentration.
Follow @PrizeCoalition throughout the day and in the coming weeks for insights and updates.
Rasmi Dangol currently serves as the Accountability Assistant for HelpAge International Nepal, where she has worked since 2014. She has been an instrumental player in the Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program in Nepal, supporting Steve Connors, the Master Storyteller, and working alongside the In-Country Coordination team. In this piece, Rasmi reflects on her experience as a young Nepali woman finding a balance with the people she has met during discussions of how the April 2015 earthquake affected people and communities.
The Beauty of Our Journey
by Rasmi Dangol
I have been fortunate enough to have spent hours and hours in our working areas, supporting our beneficiaries and communities, spending many nights inside hotel rooms whose walls and windows seemed to veer slightly every now and then. I have seen many older people cry tears of relief and joy when we have handed out what we in HelpAge believe to be ‘age-friendly’ earthquake relief support materials to our communities affected by the April 2015 earthquake. These materials are distributed so that their immediate medicinal, nutritional, or simple everyday needs can be met. Few moments have been as innately complete and resonant as the one I just concluded with my small team of five – Steve Connors, our director, Amul, my new friend at SOS Children’s Villages, Shyam dai, our cameraman, and Dawa dai, our fearless warrior behind the wheel.
When my supervisor first described the job details for the Storytelling documentary, I had just treated the meeting like our usual meetings – talk about work to be done, data to be updated, beneficiaries to meet, and so on. When he asked me if I was interested in being the coordinator, this is when my heart skipped a beat! I was pleasantly nervous about it!
Then, from the first introductory call, I knew that the Storytelling project would be a good project to work on. Now, the entire pre-production work has almost wrapped up, and I suspect Steve is probably taking in more than his normal daily espresso intake as he works furiously on post-production. Each one of us is now back to our work, busy as always. But every now and then, I take a moment to think and remember that one month – where all five of us, representatives from organisations who barely knew one another, just clicked and brought this documentary into fruition in a spirit that was almost extraordinary on its own.
All together from six organizations – BRAC, Handicap International, HelpAge International, Heifer International, SOS Children’s Villages, and Operation Smile – we were able to capture the stories of people including key staff members, beneficiaries and stake holders that were impacted by the 2015 earthquake and aftershocks. When I look back on the overall memories of our time together, the travels, the endless conversations, the occasional highway stop to take in the ‘beauty of our journey,’ and when I hear words of gratitude and thanks from all, I truly feel that I have contributed a small, wee bit.
Of course, a collaborative effort like this is only possible when you have the support and encouragement of everyone you work with. And I can safely say that that has happened. For everything that has transpired, especially in the course of my involvement with the Storytelling movement, I am truly grateful.
(Rasmi – 3rd from right, connects with HelpAge beneficiaries in Sindhupalchowk district during Nepal Storytelling program)
(Storytelling Team, L to R: Amul, Dawa, Steve, Shyam and Rasmi, Helambu Village Development Committee in Sindhupalchowk District)