The only government sponsored old people’s home is on the banks of the holy bagmati river just behind the Ghats where the dead are cremated daily, here lies the last place for many elderly Nepalese with no family to look after them. They spend their remaining days wandering the green slippery cobbled stones or curled in a fetal position on an old mattress, some spending a fleeting moment basking in the sun. The faint sound of a TV and radio is heard amongst the wailingof pain and the silence of dementia, for many, a depressing vista at the end of a human life. Amongst the despair there are glimmers of hope, of community, of strained friendships. With nothing but the one meal a day, the white dresses of the friendly faced mother Teresa ladies and a few young International volunteers.
Kevin Cooper Has worked in the Professional Photography Industry for over thirty years currently he is the National sales manager Professional at Fujifilm Australia and is producing his Masters in Photo-documentary and Photojournalism at L.C.C.
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