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.