Nepal: For Bimala, the beginnings of hope
"By the time this work is done, the irrigation channel will be prepared," says Bimala Balami proudly, looking over the landscape she is helping to rebuild. "People who own land around here will have water for their crops again."
Bimala is one of hundreds of people we're employing across seven districts of Nepal to rebuild vital infrastructure devastated y the April 2015 earthquake. Our initial focus after the earthquake was on providing emergency food, water, shelter and toilets - to more than 400,000 people. But now we're concentrating on the long term - and that includes supporting people like Bimala to earn an income through work that will benefit their whole communities. We're distributing vouchers so people can buy whatever they need to start
farming again too - which helps to support local traders, as well as enabling farmers to earn a living again.
It will take time for people to recover and rebuild, of course, but that's exactly why we keep offering support. And Bimala is definitely not alone in beginning to sense a more hopeful and more prosperous future in Nepal.
See more of our work in Nepal over the last year