Nepalese villagers shelter from rain under foam and plastic sheets as an Indian Army helicopter delivers aid following an earthquake at Lapu in Gorkha on April 28, 2015. Rescuers in Nepal battled April 28, 2015 to reach remote communities devastated by a huge earthquake that has killed at least 4,349 people, as the impoverished country's leader said relief workers had still not reached many of the worst-hit areas. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)


The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25th April 2015 had life changing consequences for almost everybody living in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world. Thousands were killed and millions of people across Nepal were left homeless.
The Country That Shook is raising money to support people who are literally rebuilding their lives following the natural disaster.

It has been created by Sophie Maliphant, a graphic designer who experienced the quake first hand.sophie drawing 3At the heart of the project is a children’s book, which has a rhyming narrative and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations. It is the story of a young girl, caught up in the catastrophe, who discovers the surprising cause of the quake and has to bravely stand up for her country to stop the shaking.FRONT COVER_FANThere is also an A2 print,  inspired by the story.POSTER 1And a screen-printed T-shirt.
IMG_17072All of the products are available to buy now in the online shop.

In June 2016, The Country That Shook has partnered with The Gurkha Welfare Trust (registered charity number: 1103669) to support Shree Barbot Lower Secondary School. The school teaches 199 children from nursery through to year 8. It was very badly damaged in the earthquake and children have been going to school in a dangerous building for over a year. Four classrooms, a toilet block and a proper water supply will be reconstructed.

The Country That Shook will fund the building of one of the classrooms, the toilets and the water supply which is incredible. We are very proud to be supporting such a worthwhile cause with such an incredible charity.

As of February 2017 the foundations are in and the build continues! All supplies are brought up the mountain using donkeys and mules as there are no roads!

A Kickstarter campaign in 2015 ensured that the production of all our merchandise is funded so now every single penny that you spend will go to Nepal through The Gurkha Welfare Trust (excluding P&P of course).

We’d love to hear from you and for you to support us in any way that you can.

P.S. Check out this video to explain the project.



  1. Im really sorry i messaged you the.other day and you emailed me back regarding where i can buy these products i cant find the email could you tell me again please

    Kindest regards

    Karen Bose



  2. I would love to find out more about your products. We have been fundraising for Nepal in Switzerland and I would love to talk to you more about how you use your funds in Nepal and how you ensure that the funds are spent where you want them to be spent – thanks so much
    Catherine lewis


  3. Can’t resist buying a book & a t-shirt. Such a worthy cause. I was in Kathmandu for a month in 2013, volunteering in a Children’s Home. Lovely, welcoming people and the children were delightful. One young lady, a.14, had got through to the 3rd heat in a singing competition. The prize: money – which she wanted to spend on an operation to restore the hearing of a 12-year-old boy at the Home. When someone asked her, “Is he your brother?” she replied matter-of-factly, “EVERYone is my brother.” That summed up all the children’s attitude beautifully. I am pleased to say that, although traumatized, all ‘my’ children are safe. They had to spend several weeks under plastic sheeting in a cramped yard because their rented building was rendered unsafe by the first ‘quake, but they now have their very own (mortgaged) home, where their proudly displayed hand-sewn banner says, “Dreams DO come true.”


  4. This looks wonderful. I am returning to Nepal in November to teach at Segyu Monastery in Kathmandu. Many of the mini monks there now are from this village due to the conditions, and actually the monastery was able to bring some roofing metal to the village last year. I purchased one book to bring with me to use in the new classes. Unfortunately not in the position to get more as we also reply on donations for everything, but I think it will be helpful to utilize this story in classes. I wish you great success with your good works.


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