Tearfund is among the first development agencies to rebuild permanent, earthquake-resilient homes in Nepal since last year’s disaster. And the first person who will benefit from one is Thuli Maya Syangtan, a widow from Makwanpur district. Tom Price went to meet her.
Even the 4x4 struggles up the last portion of the thin rocky road towards Thuli Maya’s community, once slipping on the dust and gravel that line the road’s ruts and grooves.
Ascending through Basanta village, we see scenes unlike any we have come by so far on this trip.
I’m struck, as we move up through the narrow paths of this hilly village, at how visible the destruction to homes and buildings still is. Piles of stone and rubble line the track and semi-circular temporary shelters built from shining galvanised sheet dominate the village, giving it an oddly agricultural appearance. This is a place that is hard to get to, and it shows.
As we sit down to interview Thuli, she is preparing a simple porridge - what will be her lunch - on an open fire outside her temporary shelter. Nearby workers are constructing her new home.