A month ago, our Ph.D. Industrial Engineering student, Ukesh Chawal, flew home to Nepal to help his community with money and goods donated by the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department’s faculty and staff.
He distributed the donated dry goods, including food and water filters, to members of his community.
When he got home, he discovered the earthquake destroyed his family’s house and cannot be salvaged. Although the Nepalese government is providing a small stipend, it will only cover a fraction of the cost to rebuild his house.
Although the earthquake destroyed his family’s house beyond repair, he and his family were able to retrieve some belongings from their house.
The earthquake trapped many people under rubble and building debris, including Ukesh’s cousin. He tragically saw his own sister die while holding her hand after the earthquake. After three hours, he was finally rescued, but unfortunately, he broke 3 ribs and he cannot move most of his left hand.
The doctors said he needs a surgery, but since it is a minor surgery, he will have to wait until those with major surgery needs receive treatment.
As a Ph.D. student, Ukesh said he hopes to return to UT Arlington later this summer or fall. However, he is happy for the opportunity to go back home to help and comfort his community in Nepal.