In April, a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal. Just over two weeks later, a second earthquake hit. These natural disasters killed more than 8,700 people and left over 23,000 injured.
In the midst of such unimaginable tragedy, many countries and organizations provided relief for Nepal by sending aid workers and donating resources, food, and millions of dollars. But Nepal needs all the help it can get, so one group of photographers have taken a different approach to aid: They are using social media to make a positive impact.
Photographer Sumit Dayal and freelance writer Tara Bedi started Nepal Photo Project (NPP) just after the first earthquake. The project is an effort to document accurate information about the loss and recovery efforts in Nepal, while sharing real stories from its people. Images with descriptive captions are shared on both their Instagram and Facebook accounts. Many are taken by professional photographers, but NPP also invites anyone to contribute photos by using #nepalphotoproject with captions related to "who," "what," "where" and "when."
These images help bring awareness to the tragedy in Nepal, what Nepalese people go through each and every day, as well as what these people need. It's also a way to show news in powerful ways as it happens.
Here are some things we learned from looking at the NPP: