Every day, rapid growth and urbanization increase the exposure of people and assets to earthquakes, floods, storms and other natural hazards... While disasters affect everyone, it is the poor and vulnerable - women, children, the elderly, and those recovering from conflict - who are most exposed. When hazards strike, their homes in fragile and often low-lying environments take the brunt of the impact.
Most of us consider our homes our safe place, but they can be the real enemies in an earthquake... With the Pakistan-Iran quake of 24 April at 7.8 magnitude killing 35 people and with 1000s of homes destroyed by the quake, the question of how to make buildings earthquake proof is a very important one.
Are you suspicious of how much 50p a day can really do? I was. As a mum of two, I appreciate that we are constantly asked to give and I do question where their money goes. Now I've seen first-hand just what this amount of money can do and where it goes: not just to the children, but to their families and communities too.