Elizabeth Laird has written more than twenty novels for children and young adults, attempting to bring to western readers an understanding of the situations of young people living in difficult circumstances. She has travelled widely for work and research in Ethiopia and throughout the Middle East. Working with the British Council and the Ethiopian Ministry of Education, she set up the Ethiopian Story Collecting Project to collect and preserve folktales from all parts of Ethiopia. You can find out more here.
Elizabeth Laird sees in the Mandala Trust an exemplary model for international co-operation. Working on a small-scale, individual level, responding to need where and when it arises, the Mandala Trust’s values of kindness and compassion, based on mutual trust, enable assistance to be targeted with maximum effectiveness where it is most needed.