Rebuilding Lives after Earthquake

A spate of earthquakes that hit Nepal, Afghanistan, Haiti, Taiwan and Ecuador in the last year reduced homes and their lives to rubble. But the disaster couldn't fully break the survivor's spirits. This is how people got back to stringing the remaining bits of their lives together, again.

Patients in Myanmar sit in a makeshift ward after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake destroyed the hospital on November 12, 2012, killing a dozen.

Patients in Myanmar sit in a makeshift ward after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake destroyed the hospital on November 12, 2012, killing a dozen. (Getty)

Bidhya Laxmi Prajapati, 45, starts rebuilding her house after deciding not to wait any further for compensation. The Nepal government reportedly promised $2,000 to households affected in the April 201

Bidhya Laxmi Prajapati, 45, starts rebuilding her house after deciding not to wait any further for compensation. The Nepal government reportedly promised $2,000 to households affected in the April 2015 earthquake, but paid only a fraction of that. (Getty)

Rescue personnel search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building in Tainan, Taiwan

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake had hit southern Taiwan on February 6, 2016, toppling several buildings and killing at least two people in Tainan, according to local news reports. (Getty)

Nepal army forces, in collaboration with an American search and rescue team, save 15-year-old Pemba Lama from a collapsed hotel five days after the 2015 earthquake hit Kathmandu.

Nepal army forces, in collaboration with an American search and rescue team, save 15-year-old Pemba Lama from a collapsed hotel five days after the 2015 earthquake hit Kathmandu. (Getty)

An elderly woman, who fractured an arm in Nepal's second major earthquake of May 2015, receives treatment in Lapilang. Doctors from all over the world traveled to Nepal to help survivors.

An elderly woman, who fractured an arm in Nepal's second major earthquake of May 2015, receives treatment in Lapilang. Doctors from all over the world traveled to Nepal to help survivors. (Getty)

Rescue workers cover a body amid the rubble of a village destroyed by the devastating earthquake, fires and tsunami of March 16, 2011 in Kesennuma, Japan.

Rescue workers cover a body amid the rubble of a village destroyed by the devastating earthquake, fires and tsunami of March 16, 2011 in Kesennuma, Japan. (Getty)

A man uses a sledge hammer to break a building that collapsed during the 2012 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Over 1.5 million survivors had to live in tent camps.

A man uses a sledge hammer to break a building that collapsed during the 2012 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Over 1.5 million survivors had to live in tent camps. (Getty)

An earthquake survivor hammers at the ruins on December 17, 2005 in the town of Balakot, Pakistan. Survivors cleared debris themselves as the lack of equipment hindered rescue and clearing operations.

An earthquake survivor hammers at the ruins on December 17, 2005 in the town of Balakot, Pakistan. Survivors cleared debris themselves as the lack of equipment hindered rescue and clearing operations after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. (Getty)