Ishwor Ghimire was having lunch at the Nepal Deprived Women and Children Upliftment Center orphanage in Kathmandu, just before the earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday. As the earth began to quake below him Ghimire immediately gathered the children of the orphanage and led them to safety.
All 55 children are now alive and safe thanks to his heroic actions. Ghimire personally carried out the smaller children to a nearby flat vegetable patch, whilst chaos ensued around him.
Speaking to MIC he explained:
All the kids were so panicked and started screaming and crying, I asked everybody to get out from the building. The earth was still shaking but I was running here and there to rescue all the kids and take them to the safety place.
Ghimire’s heroism doesn’t stop there. The kids were initially taken to a small church after the earthquake, however they soon needed to be relocated. Ghimire was involved in building makeshift shelter so the kids have a place to stay in the mean time.
The only thing potentially more amazing than his heroism is Ghimire’s very own life story. An orphan himself, he arrived at the orphanage when he was 4, and over time has taken up the role of older brother to the younger orphans there. Ghimire worked hard to attain a scholarship in 2013, and attended Australia’s Pulteney Grammar School. He now continues to mentor other young orphans while he prepares to go to university.
Ghimire’s story is remarkable but not isolated. The tragedy inspired a series of small miracles, including a 4-month-old baby who was pulled from the rubble alive in Kathmandu after spending at almost a day buried. There’s no doubt we need more people like Ghimire in this world.