Just before Christmas, an orderly queue stretched for hundreds of feet from desks where men and women sat with paper, pens and envelopes of full of cash.
But this was not a holiday celebration: it was a Red Cross support programme for 17,000 families affected by earthquakes in Nepal’s Kathmandu valley. The worst in 80 years, the quakes destroyed over half a million homes last April and May.
Nepal’s destroyed houses typically had thick walls to withstand the winter weather and many people no longer have this protection. With political issues also leading to a steady rise in the price of heating fuel, keeping warm has become a challenge.