I have just returned from the searing heat, stifling humidity and torrential rains of Nepal in monsoon season. I must admit at times I was pretty miserable but at least I had a roof over my head â€“ well most of the time! Unlike all the children and families who are still living in tents and temporary shelters, battling to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the quake.
I met one elderly lady whose home had been severely damaged and is now living with her daughter and two young grandchildren in a temporary shelter. The shelter is extremely basic (I canâ€™t imagine how it will survive in the monsoon), yet it cost 30% more than the government grant families are getting to rebuild. She is one of the luckier ones and was only able to build because her son, who works in Kathmandu, was able to send her the extra money she needed. However, money remains a problem, as well as losing her home, her meagre livelihood was destroyed - all her livestock were killed in the quake and she cannot afford to replace them. The suffering is not just physical, her 3yo grandson has been so traumatised by the impact of the EQ, that he has constant nightmares and wonâ€™t leave his motherâ€™s side.