Anu (left) and her family lost their village home in the 2015 Nepal earthquake. The family relocated shortly after to a one room apartment in Kathmandu.
Anu stands in the room she shares with her mother, two sisters and one brother.
Anu's father left the family prior to the earthquake. Anu has spent the following months seeking a job to support the family and keep up with rent for the apartment.
Phoolmaya, Anu's mother, injured her leg in the earthquake when pieces of a stone wall collapsed upon it. A manual labourer, she was unable to work in the year following the injury.
Anu (21), Anita (14), Phoolmaya & Anjika (6)
Phoolmaya cooks a dinner of rice and dahl upon the apartment floor.
Phoolmaya & Anita.
Anita watches a tv that was gifted to the family by a friend. The apartment has a few hours of electricity per day, on a rotating grid through Kathmandu.
Anu's brother Anil (20) watches tv while Anjika plays. Anil works in an iron shop as a labourer. He and Anu are the sole providers for the family.
Anu & Anita help Anjika with her schoolwork.
The family gathers for dinner together the evening before Anu leaves Nepal. She has taken a job as a domestic worker in Cairo, Egypt, which will enable her to provide for her family by sending her monthly salary home.
Anu currently lives and works in Cairo, Egypt as a domestic worker. She continues to send money to her mother and sisters for support while Anita and Anjika are in school.