Relief

If they were giving out prizes for the most inappropriately dressed person at a mammogram appointment, I'd win hands down. I did give my clothing some thought in the morning, quite a lot of thought actually, just reached the wrong conclusions.
Today, as we look back to the 9,000 lives lost in the devastating earthquake of 2015, we must also look to the future, to the work that still needs to be done in Nepal to build resilience, to help lessen the impact that disasters like this have on the most marginalised communities.
Sameer hastens up steep slopes and shoots down small winding trails through deep river valleys. His flip-flops make a clacking sound, as he paces through his village in the mountains of Gorkha. Around him, in stark contrast to the picturesque panorama, homes have turned into piles of rubble, burying clothes, food and furniture underneath...
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25th April left the country reeling, killing over 8,000 people, injuring more than 18,000 and leaving 2.8 million people without homes. There was much talk that this earthquake was expected, but it seems that no amount of preparedness will be enough to keep pace with the increasing disaster risk...
As images pour out of our televisions and our newspapers of ruined lives and devastated villages, we can't help but be reminded just how lucky we really are. We are forced to pause and think; to consider and ponder.
Everyone's heard of guide dogs, and while they do a brilliant job of directly assisting the blind or partially-sighted, the potential for all sorts of other, less specifically-trained dogs to help out those with a raft of complicated problems is still very much open to exploration.