manifesto_Shangri-LaThe exhibition “A Bridge to Shangri-La” (30 shots from Nepal) is organized by Andrea Vacha (an ex EVS volunteer who has been in Nepal for five months due to aln project CE.SIE “Voices from Around the World II”) and Mario Bianco (geologist who has worked in Nepal as a trainee at the NGO ASIA Onlus).

The authors, amateur photographers, told through the photographs the daily life in Nepal, primarily known during work experience and voluntary work at international and local organizations.

Paurakhi Landless Village is a village consisting of 226 homes built with recycled materials and inside which there are about 900 people. This village is situated on the banks of the Bagmati river, once it was sacred, now heavily polluted.

The village has a structure used as a school, the teachers are volunteers and education is difficult and in any case limited to the first years of elementary school. It provides only basic literacy. The village lacks electricity, running water, drinking water and is often subject to flooding.

Boudha Shack Village is an area of shacks and plastic sheeting, populated by 200 Indian emigrants about and built not far from the Great Stupa, the most important monument of Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet.

The people in the village have found a place to stay, adapting as they can. Some women in the street asking tourists to buy them food for their children, to help the other teachers at a nearby school, managing the large numbers of children. The craft of shoemaking, practiced on crowded sidewalks and the street corner, which is among the best a man can aspire.

Not all families get the chance to pay the annual tuition for their children and so many children are illiterate.

In the village there are those who work to get better their situation, who uses the funds raised to build showers and washing facilities, who buy new sheets capable of replacing the now worn out by the summer monsoon.

The entrance to the exhibition is free and you can donate funds in support of two realities with which the authors have been in contact in Kathmandu.

The profit, whatever its size, will provide a tangible improvement of living conditions of those who inhabit these places, it falls under the reality with which even a modest budget can make a difference.