A young Nepalese has used his bravery and quick thinking to save 55 orphans from death during the earthquake in Nepal
Ishwor Ghimire, 19, was having lunch at the Nepal Deprived Women and Children Upliftment Center orphanage in Kathmandu.
When he began to feel the earthquake beneath his feet, Ghimire immediately sprung to action. Minutes later, he emerged as one of the country's many heroes: Out of the destroyed orphanage, he led 55 children to safety.
"All the kids were so panicked and started screaming and crying," Ghimire told Mic in a Facebook message. "I asked everybody to get out from the building."
Ghimire wrote on Facebook that all the children and workers were alive and safe. He personally carried a number of the smaller orphans, who range in age from 4 to 16, to a flat vegetable patch outside.
"The earth was still shaking but I was running here and there to rescue all the kids and take them to the safety place," he told Mic.
According to Ghimire, the kids initially took shelter in a small church after the earthquake, but have since been relocated to a makeshift shelter with a plastic covering which he helped build for them. "Kind [of] a tent," he toldMic. "But it doesn't keeps us warm."
The only thing more remarkable than Ghimire's heroism may be his own life story. An orphan himself, he came to the facility when he was 4, and over time assumed the role of the older brother to the younger orphans there. He attended Australia's Pulteney Grammar School on a scholarship in 2013, and today, Ghimire mentors other young orphans while he prepares to attend university.