On April 25, 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the nation of Nepal, triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest, flattening villages, killing thousands, and injuring thousands more. The aftershocks lingered on for days, culminating in a second, magnitude 7.3 earthquake on May 12 – shaking the country of 28 million people to its core.
World Vision was among the first on scene, assessing the damage on the ground and distributing urgent relief supplies to those affected. Persistent aftershocks, landslides, and floods in the days since have made life difficult for communities. To date, more than 8 million people have been impacted.
As coverage of the events in Nepal began to drop off media and news cycles, the need for support has remained high. In September 2015, the World Vision Artist Collective came together with the Vineyard Churches of Canada to build a unique collaboration. Together, we want to encourage the world: #DontForgetNepal.
Other Side: Hope From the Rubble is a recording project celebrating the hope, resilience and beauty found in the midst of the rebuild.
Ryan McAllister and David Ruis join Brian Doerksen, Andy Park, Jessica Park, Teresa Trask, Heather Clark and others in raising awareness and aid through this project. Also joining the collaboration are several Nepalese artists, lending heartfelt songs in their native tongue.
- “Other Side” – David Ruis & Noel Isaacs
- “Earthquake Tremble” – Suresh Solange
- “I Am a Seeker” – Brian Doerksen & Teresa Trask
- “The Way Home” – Ryan McAllister
- “My Portion” – Jessica Park
- “Rest Now Be Still” – Teresa Trask
- “From The Ashes” – Ryan McAllister
- “I Waited Patiently” – Andy Park
- “Saints Arise” – Heather Clark
- “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” – Ryan McAllister
- “Come Jesus” Kumar B.K. & Prasita B.K.
- “Shadows” – David Ruis & Teresa Trask
To accompany the album, Rebuilding Nepal: A World Vision Canada Documentary was shot and directed by filmmaker Sam McLoughlin. Filmed on location in and around Kathmandu in September 2015, the 23-minute documentary reveals the residual impact of the earthquakes and highlights the need for continued support in Nepal’s rebuild process.
The full documentary will be screened at Vineyard Church locations across Canada from February 28 – May 1, 2016. Watch the trailer below: