Nepal: From Disaster Comes Hope  – Saturday 25th of April 2015. It’s a typical Saturday morning in Nepal – children are playing noisily in the street, families are going about their day-to-day business and friends and neighbours have stopped to chat, when, just before midday, a massive earthquake strikes without warning. Nobody knew it then, but It was to be the worst quake in the region for more than 80 years. Cruelly, a second powerful earthquake will strike 17...

Niru Kumari Bisunke  – How an economic ‘hand up’ brought one family out of darkness and empowered three more. Niru Kumasi Bisunke is 26 and the mother of two young children, Simon (6) and daughter Sandhya (5). She lives with her husband, Sajan, in Deuper, a village 90 km east of Kathmandu.; a close-knit, farming community with a population of around 2,000 people. Niru’s home is a simple, two-storey house with...

Thailand: The Ripple Effect  – How an economic ‘hand up’ for one family created a powerful ripple-effect across the community. Khun Ban Bongliu lives in Thailand with her husband and their daughter, Khun Puk, aged eight. The family home is near Khao Lak, a series of villages about 55 km north of Phuket on the south-west coastline. Khao Lak has a population of about 35,000 and most of the inhabitants are employed by the tourist trade. ...

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