Workers at the Gadawari kilns south of Kathmandu earn one Nepali rupee per load of brick hauled. On a busy day they can earn $3-4, which means hauling up to 450 loads as red dust from the still-warm brick covers the workers and fills their lungs. This labor is provided mostly by internally displaced persons from remote villages of Nepal who live on the site of the kiln in primitive shelters. A NGO supported by the Maryknoll Society provides health care, counseling, childcare and education for these workers, in addition to supporting several other self-development projects with Nepali partners.
Nepali Brick Kiln ° 2020
On assignment with Maryknoll Magazine.