In the early years, there was much work to be done in this fledgling democracy. One diminutive lady was at the centre of the much-needed social reform, ensuring that the welfare of the island’s women and children was thrust to the very top of the agenda – her name was Che Zahara binte Noor Mohamed.
His past is a mangled mess of prison time and drug relapse, but having wrested himself from the clutches of his old life, Chef Benny Se Teo has built an establishment where ex-offenders find refuge and more importantly, a second chance. Eighteen Chefs is now a wildly successful enterprise serving up hot, affordable meals.
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.