Right: Sumitra Mala (24), who lives in Palubari, Nepal, holds her 10 month old son on her lap. She suffered a calcaneus fracture (broken foot bone) and a badly sprained ankle after jumping from the window of her home to reach safety. 'The house was shaking violently and things were falling all around. I could hear the walls cracking. People screamed at me to jump.' The house remained standing but with many cracks in the walls and frequent aftershocks it's not safe to live in. The family are sleeping in a tent nearby. 'It's cold at night and I'm scared my child will get sick.' In the first days after the earthquake she and her family shared temporary shelter with 35 others. Thereafter she and her family constructed their own shelter out the back of the house. Sumitra works as a nursery school teacher in the village school, teaching maths and english. 'I love playing with the kids but they can be a tough bunch to handle too.' - 'I'm worried about the weeks ahead. It's really hard to take care of my baby like this. My husband has to carry me everywhere. My husband doesn't have a job, so I'm worried about not being able to go back to work when the schools reopen. (The government of Nepal has said it plans to reopen schools as soon as May 15th). My mother-in-law is an old lady but she's having to do all the housework.' - 'I'm back to crawling about on all fours like my little boy', she jokes. 'It's difficult, but we're managing.'
Left: Sumitra Mala's house in Palubari, Nepal. Sumitra suffered a calcaneus fracture and a badly sprained ankle after jumping from the window of her home to reach safety.