Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan – As the teacher led his ninth-grade students through a Dari lesson one summer morning, everyone in the classroom heard and felt the rumbling. The students and teacher looked up, then out of the windows facing the Hindu Kush mountains behind DeGhulaman High School. Earthquake? Not exactly.
Statistically speaking, the Lily Thai Spa is part of one of the most successful prison rehabilitation programmes in the world, taking women from a place of punishment and bringing them into a life of healing.
Beyond the technological expertise to build sustainably, there is a pressing need for more skilled professionals to step forward and cover a distressed minority whom even governments cannot reach.
Kashmir's worst earthquake claimed 87,350: sub-standard construction, less than rigorous disaster planning and stalled rescue attempts all took a fatal toll.