Hours after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal in late April, a small community of photographers banded together to create a place to distribute useful and credible information from trustworthy sources on the ground. The morning after the quake, the Nepal Photo Project was born.

“When the earthquake hit, we thought this is the best way to collectively put out useful and credible information from people that we know and trust on the ground, all under one banner,” writer Tara Bedi wrote to The Washington Post in a e-mail. The project, run by Bedi and its creator photographer Sumit Dayal, is an Instagram feed and Facebook page that chronicles the aftermath of the quake.

“Our goal with NPP is to put out as much useful and helpful information as possible,” Bedi said. “Our main parameter for what we post is pretty simple: that it should communicate something purposeful or meaningful.”

The project not only chronicles the tragedy, but gives the viewer context — a catastrophe gets a face.

“NPP’s feed has a different vibe than that of a news wire, it’s much more ‘personal,'” Bedi said. “A lot of our audiences have reacted well to this aspect where photographers have the freedom to express in a more ‘real’ and humane way and I think people connect to that.”

Viewers connected, and the Nepal Photo Project gained traction with more than 33,000 followers on Instagram.

“One of the most amazing things we’ve seen is how people have engaged with the content rather than just consume it,” Bedi said. “… We’ve had instances where people have written to us and asked for contact information of the people in the photos, or coordinates of the location of the photo and amazingly, help has reached.”

As Nepal rebuilds and news agencies leave, the project will continue, Bedi said.

“Kathmandu’s major monuments now exist only in photographs. … It’s quite difficult to comprehend that the next generation of Nepali children will grow up without this architecture that infused a vital cultural identity,” she said. “One of the biggest realizations of the earthquake is the importance of ‘proper’ visual documentation.”

The broken Dharahara tower in Kathmandu. Photo by @ismailferdous #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepal #kathmandu

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The ruins of Bhaktapur. Photo by @ismailferdous #nepalphotoproject #nepalearthquake #nepal #bhaktapur

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The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal 52 miles east of Kathmandu, and close to the base of Mount Everest. (James Shaw / Canadian Red Cross)