"NGOs are Selling our Faces to Earn Money"

I could see Jit Bahadur Bhujel of Pipaldanda-1, sitting under a tree avoiding the heat. A confused answer came from him when I went near him and asked if he was okay or not. I had already tried to convince him that it was God who played against us and we could do nothing to stop it.

He knew that I was a journalist so could not guess or have any clue that I was from any other kind of organization. As soon as I asked about his loss, he raised his hand and pointed at his house and said, "You can go over there and observe my house." Another answer followed, "I stay at the courtyard in a tent." I continued to ask some more questions regarding the situations of the massive earthquake and its effects. I was in a polite tone and had addressed everyone with huge respect. I even established relations so that I would feel easy to continue my data collection.

Everything was going all well until I reached Irkhu Village. I was conversing with a victim when a strange event occured. I wanted a photo of us talking to each other therefore I asked a man sitting nearby to take a snap of me and the particular victim talking. There was a sudden increase of his temper. He came near me, as if he was going to thrash me down, then directly accused me saying "NGOs are selling our faces to earn money."

This is not the first case on the negative impression of the public towards the non-governmental organizations. People who are keen on working for the benefit of the community through different organizations also face similar kind of accusations. These accusations and allegations will continue unless the civil societies are accountable on the road to their duties and responsibilities.