About the Book
In the Underbelly of Kathmandu we take a glimpse of the simmering crisis that is occurring throughout the Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu, the cultural and political center of Nepal and home to almost one and a half million people, is also quickly becoming the slum central of Nepal. Travelers to Kathmandu may find their attention captured less by the majestic Himalayan Range, than by the rapid deterioration of the valley at its foot. Once pristine rivers are now permeated with the stench of raw sewage; once clear mountain air is now filled with pollution that clogs sinuses and makes throats raw. New slum areas are spreading rapidly over the whole valley. With little or no access to housing, sanitation and clean water, many of the people displaced from their hillside villages are congregating along the banks of the rivers of Kathmandu. All of them had come to Kathmandu in search of jobs and a better future for their family. The gentleness and resilience of these people are quite astonishing despite the hardships and living conditions.
100% of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Seva Canada. The funds will be used to restore the sight of people in Nepal. Seva Canada is an international non-governmental organization whose mission is the elimination of preventable and treatable blindness around the world.
Larry Louie was educated as a doctor of optometry. He now splits his time between his practice and his art. Larry’s greatest interest lies far off the beaten path, where indigenous people pursue lives very different from his own, and distinct cultures face rapid change, even extinction. He explores the challenges that arise where people’s lives are caught between the past and present, documenting the social issues of groups that modern society has touched but left behind. His photographs show the strength and perseverance that mark people the world over, revealing the light sometimes found in dark places. By documenting remote societies, he hopes to inspire others to take note of what' is at stake. Larry' s work to document the lives of people around the world has resulted in a vast archive of images. His work has received international recognition, exhibitions and awards including the IPA Lucie Award; National Geographic Photo Essay Award and a humanitarian grant from the WPGA