Kathmandu: On her maiden trip to quake-hit Nepal, Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon is keen to lend her celebrity status to promote rehabilitation and tourism in the Himalayan country which is struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.
The 68-year-old star, who is on a week-long visit to the country as the ambassador of Live to Love foundation run by Gyalwang Drukpa, said the notion about the current condition of Nepal should change.
The "Dead Men Walking" star said she would love to visit the country later this year with her kids and encourage people to come here with their families too.
"General perception about the current condition in Nepal is not true. Buildings made just before quake are still standing. If I can help in that way then also it is important to say that I will be back when the rain stops and maybe with my kids," Sarandon told PTI in an interview here.
The earthquake last month that claimed nearly 9000 lives has also hit the 10 billion-rupee tourism industry - the country's main forex earner.
The industry is fearing cancellation of over two lakh international visitors in the next four months. The once crowded markets stand desolate without tourists.
"There is an impression that there is no historic site standing anymore but you do not really know what's happening in terms of rebuilding and rehabilitation and spirit of the people. Many beautiful historical sites are still standing after the quake."