Banda Aceh, Indonesia. In October 2015, I had the chance to explore the Aceh region, which was devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, as part of Japan Foundation's "Hands" Disaster Education Fellowship. It was amazing to meet the Acehnese people, hear their stories, and see how communities have built back stronger after the disaster. Aceh [...]


In September 2015, I sailed from Philippines to Singapore onboard my NGO's ship as part of a joint programme with the UN. Here are some of the highlights from my time there, including a visit to the Earth Observatory Singapore, Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands.         


Our team landed in Kathmandhu on 3rd May 2015 in order to conduct a rapid needs assessment and provide immediate relief to communities affected by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal. At the time of writing, the disaster has claimed over 9000 lives, destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, and has crippled critical infrastructure across the [...]


Vanuatu is an idyllic, tropical paradise in the South Pacific Ocean. This tiny country was devastated by Tropical Cyclone Pam in March 2015, at the same time as the biggest Disaster Risk Reduction conference of the decade, being held in Sendai, Japan (which I also happened to be at...). Within a week or so, I headed [...]