World Day Against Child Labour

June 12th is the 16th World Day Against Child Labour. Created to highlight the plight of the approximately 212 million child workers around the world, and, although the ultimate goal remains the elimination of child labour, the focus this year is on improving the safety and health of young workers.

Child workers are more likely to suffer harm at work. The fact that they are smaller, weaker and have less work experience increases the risks of them suffering a work-related injury, and their youth and lack of status mean that they are more likely to be abused and exploited, and unlikely to voice their worries in dangerous situations. (more…)

Three Years On from the Nepal Earthquakes

April 25th is the third anniversary of the devastating Nepal earthquake which destroyed over 800,000 homes and affected around 8 million people. As well as destroying homes, it destroyed land, livelihoods and people’s way of life. In one of the world’s poorest countries, (more…)

Education in Nepal: The problem runs deeper than getting children into school

One in two Nepalis is under 25 years old. While the western world frets over the concerns of an aging population, Nepal’s future sits in the hands of its youth. Nepal’s young people will be an asset to the country’s economy – that is, if they are not failed by a lack of appropriate education.

A recent report from the United Nations (more…)

A Performance by James Pearson, Jazz Legend

We are delighted to be able to bring a really unique musical event to all our supporters. As part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London, festival director Bob Porter is delighted to present Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club Artistic Director, legendary jazz pianist and his great friend, James Pearson in this late-night gig.

James Pearson is a pianist, composer and creative tour de force, and one of the country’s most respected musicians. (more…)

Nepal: Action After the Flood

This year, the summer monsoon season brought devastation to Nepal. Over a few days, in the middle of August, Nepal saw its worst rains in 15 years. 27 of the country’s 75 districts were completely submerged.

As of Wednesday 30th August, 159 people had been reported as being killed by the floods, with 29 missing due to floods and landslides and 45 injured. The total is possibly even higher, with certain parts of Nepal having been kept out of contact by disrupted telecommunications and blocked transport links, and the full impact not yet entirely known, and difficult to comprehensively predict. What we do know so far is devastating.

Over 43,433 houses have been destroyed with 158,197 houses partially damaged. On top of this, many roads and bridges have obstructed, washed away or destroyed. The total population of the affected districts is 11.5 million; however, the damage from the flooding will likely have a knock-on effect across the country. Much of the flooded land is farmland; vital crops including rice, grains and livestock has been ruined or washed away. Concerns have already been raised about how this could likely cause food and resource shortages, with the Ministry of Agricultural Development estimating livestock losses of US$100 million.