Earthquake Memorial, KirtipurPosted On: November 20, 2017
The April 2015 Nepal Earthquake (also known as the Gorkha earthquake) killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 2,000. It occurred at 11:56 Nepal Standard Time on 25 April, with a magnitude of 7.8M and epicenter at Barpark, Gorkha. It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake. Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened, across many districts of the country.
SONA being the active society of professional architects had realized its responsibility to suggest and help Nepal Government and National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) with the architects' expertise in the process of reconstruction activities. Among such activism, the concept design of Earthquake Memorial was prepared and submitted to NRA in the year 2016 so that it may provide the basic guidelines while carrying out the Memorial design and Construction.
Since Nepal has now 766 Local government bodies inside the federal structure, each local government, municipality tends to build its region with all necessary physical, economic, political, social and cultural structures. Likewise, within the earthquake affected districts, the need of Earthquake Memorial is obvious in the provincial governments and local government bodies. The Earthquake memorial is needed to commemorate the victims and survivors of the unfortunate earthquake and thus tell the stories of survival and loss, bravery and togetherness, fear and compassion etc. The Memorial will encourage the spirit of kindness and support among people as well as encourage them to conquer the tragedy bravely.
To start with, SONA proposed Kirtipur Municipality to have a friendship project where SONA and Kirtipur Municipality will jointly build the Earthquake Memorial in the open public space inside Kirtipur Municipality. SONA is grateful to Kirtipur Municipality for promptly accepting the proposal and committing for successful completion of the project. SONA shall provide the design and drawings for the implementation of the project. The project has already been initiated with the tree plantation program held on Novemebr 5, 2017, in the presence of National and International Guests.