I came at the start of a second wave of international Concern staff supporting the programme in Nepal. People who had been there since the disaster were exhausted – they had given it everything.
We worked with two local organisations, who had been partners when we last ran projects in Nepal in 2010. Their Nepalese staff had been working flat out since the earthquake too, but they didn’t have the luxury of a fresh wave coming to replace them.
Of course, some of the partner staff had been badly affected themselves. One staff member was still living in a damaged house, as were most people in her town, as there was nowhere else for her to go.