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Rebuilding Nepal: Hope From the Rubble

   Jasmine Owen

On April 25, 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the nation of Nepal, triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest, flattening villages, killing thousands, and injuring thousands more. The aftershocks lingered on for days, culminating in a second, magnitude 7.3 earthquake on May 12 – shaking the country of 28 million people to its core.

World Vision was among the first on scene, assessing the damage on the ground and distributing urgent relief supplies to those affected. Persistent aftershocks, landslides, and floods in the days since have made life difficult for communities. To date, more than 8 million people have been impacted.

As coverage of the events in Nepal began to drop off media and news cycles, the need for support has remained high. In September 2015, the World Vision Artist Collective came together with the Vineyard Churches of Canada to build a unique collaboration. Together, we want to encourage the world: #DontForgetNepal.



Other Side: Hope From the Rubble

Other Side: Hope From the Rubble is a recording project celebrating the hope, resilience and beauty found in the midst of the rebuild.

Ryan McAllister and David Ruis join Brian Doerksen, Andy Park, Jessica Park, Teresa Trask, Heather Clark and others in raising awareness and aid through this project. Also joining the collaboration are several Nepalese artists, lending heartfelt songs in their native tongue.

The album is available for digital download on iTunes and Google Play. Click on the album cover to get your copy, and help us spread the word on social media by using the sharing buttons at the top of this page!

All proceeds from the album sales will be invested in the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Nepal.


David Ruis visiting with locals in Nepal.

“As is so often the case, events like this quickly move off the news cycle. The people of Nepal already have that sense, as a smaller country, that they will be forgotten.” – David Ruis

 Read full post: Rebuilding Nepal: Q&A with David Ruis
Ryan with Prince and John, two Nepali artists who collaborated on 'Other Side.''

“Over and over again, the locals would say, ‘Please don’t forget Nepal.’ I’m hoping this album will help with that.” – Ryan McAllister

 Read full post: Rebuilding Nepal: Q&A with Ryan McAllister




Even before the earthquakes, Nepal was among the poorest and least-developed nations in the world. Half of the country’s population is comprised of children under the age of 18, and widespread poverty often leaves them vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and neglect.


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To accompany the album, Rebuilding Nepal: A World Vision Canada Documentary was shot and directed by filmmaker Sam McLoughlin. Filmed on location in and around Kathmandu in September 2015, the 23-minute documentary reveals the residual impact of the earthquakes and highlights the need for continued support in Nepal’s rebuild process.

Sam McLoughlin documenting stories in Kathmandu, Nepal.

“I met people who were really happy with what they had. They knew that their most important ‘possessions’ in life were not things that could be destroyed in an earthquake.” – Sam McLoughlin

 Read full post: Rebuilding Nepal: Q&A with Sam McLoughlin

The full documentary will be screened at Vineyard Church locations across Canada from February 28 – May 1, 2016. Watch the trailer below:

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Join the conversation: #DontForgetNepal