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William Vázquez is an advertising, portrait & documentary photographer based in New York, USA.

Nepal post earthquake followup projects

Heading back to Nepal in a couple of weeks to work on some post earthquake relief efforts stories for a few NGO's. Also developing stories for my favorite NGO that does amazing things Kids of Kathmandu for their fund raising efforts, and also followup on some personal projects. Its an ambitious schedule and I hope to accomplish much.

My friendships in Nepal grew from my Everest basecamp trek in 2013. I fund raised for Kids of Kathamndu as part of my trek. Since then our friendship has grown and I have returned to Nepal a few times on assignment after the earthquake and part of my travels for my photographic workshops with Camera Voyages.

I will be doing some fundraising this coming August for them doing something interesting and a little off the wall. I will write about it when it is set up.

Here are some images from the orphanage in Bhaktapur and from a village in the mountains where a school is being rebuilt.

(Doing the Hokey Pokey) I have never seen kids more excited about going to school. Bhaktapur

(Doing the Hokey Pokey) I have never seen kids more excited about going to school. Bhaktapur

Such happiniess, Bhaktapur

Such happiniess, Bhaktapur

Stone laying ceremony for a new school in the mountians that was destroyed by the earthquake.

Stone laying ceremony for a new school in the mountians that was destroyed by the earthquake.

Everyone wants to learn

Everyone wants to learn

Even under difficult conditions in the temporary school these students are happy to have a place to learn.

Even under difficult conditions in the temporary school these students are happy to have a place to learn.

Even while waiting to see a doctor at an impromptu clinic set up in seriously earthquake damaged Bhakatpur this girl retains her sense of humor sticking her tongue out at me.

Even while waiting to see a doctor at an impromptu clinic set up in seriously earthquake damaged Bhakatpur this girl retains her sense of humor sticking her tongue out at me.

This was a school in Kathmandu. Luckily the earthquake happened on a Saturday.

This was a school in Kathmandu. Luckily the earthquake happened on a Saturday.

Beautiful expressive faces, Bhaktapur

Beautiful expressive faces, Bhaktapur

The walk to school is one of my favorite parts of the visit to the orphanage. Bhaktapur

The walk to school is one of my favorite parts of the visit to the orphanage. Bhaktapur

Post earthquake temporary school made out of corrugated sheet metal that would collapse on the slightest tremor.

Post earthquake temporary school made out of corrugated sheet metal that would collapse on the slightest tremor.

In small villages up in the mountains, one of the chores girls do is fetch water from a mountain spring. It is along a small, steep path cut into the mountainside. Literally hundreds of feet up. These backpacks designed to carry water provided by Kids of Kathmandu make the chore easier and safer.

In small villages up in the mountains, one of the chores girls do is fetch water from a mountain spring. It is along a small, steep path cut into the mountainside. Literally hundreds of feet up. These backpacks designed to carry water provided by Kids of Kathmandu make the chore easier and safer.