A yoga guru is showing healing power and meditation to a tourist. She hits the metal bowl with a hammer, saying that the shaking of metal bowl can reduce body stress and cure chronicle diseases. (July, 2014)
Women in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, take buckets to collect clean running water, which is rare in local households. Kathmandu's surface water is polluted and groundwater is also depleted.
The local social workers distribute rice and curry soup to the impoverished in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Boys are playing in the yard of a private school in Kathmandu, Nepal. These kids have mastered basic mathematics, such as addition, deduction, multiplication, and division, and are learning plant cell structure. Nepal's official education budget has more than doubled in the last five years, from 283 million in 2006-2007 to 670 million in 2012-2013. The primary education has covered 90% of school-aged children. Although the illiteracy rate has declined dramatically in the past decades, parents worry about the quality of public education.
A monk is walking around the Boudhanath Stupa, a Buddhist hemispherical structure where relics are stored. He has been a Buddhist since he was young. In 1959, he left his family in Tibet for Kathmandu during China's invasion of Tibet.
At Pashupatinath, one of the Hindu temples in Nepal located near the Bagmati River, cremations and funerals are going on. The cremation facilities are divided by the social hierarchy. When the dead are burned completely, the ashes will be thrown into the Basmati river that connects to the Ganges River in India so that the souls of the dead will be reincarnated.
A Hindu monk is sitting on the bank of the Bagmati River.
In an orphanage in Kathmandu, the kids get cakes from an international volunteer. It is first time in their life to taste a bite of birthday cake. The high mortality rate for mothers during childbirth and the short life expectancy in Nepal lead to thousands of children without parents each year. Most of these kids are deprived of education and find work as child laborers in restaurants, factories, hotels, slaves, and as trash collectors if they are not lucky enough to be in orphanages.
Newari community of Nepal are celebrating the marriage between young girls and the Bel fruit. In their culture, the marriage ensures that the girl becomes fertile.
Kids in Kathmandu, Nepal
A young vendor on the highway connecting Kathmandu and Pokhara.