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Friday, June 19, 2015

How Far Can Your Donation Go?

 

Well, it's been 6 weeks since Nepal's devastating tragedy.  With the death toll still climbing as relief volunteers make their way to the remotest reaches of the country, millions of people have endured 291 aftershocks, many still quite significant!  The fortitude of the human spirit astounds me as I hear daily accounts of how people have endured and are able to push forward in spite of a consuming apprehension that another quake could be on the horizon.  Life must go on, with crops needing to be planted, firewood collected, animals tended to and daily prayers to keep their families safe......always living on the edge of constant fear and total anxiety!

The monsoon rains have set in for the next several months with landslides and floods on the horizon.  Imagine life under a tarp or in a tent in the middle of a potato field for the foreseeable future.  I think we have all come to a “blind spot” about this tragedy which isn't going away as millions still suffer and the world turns its attention elsewhere...

If you have already donated to The Himalayan Project Relief Fund you have my heartfelt gratitude!  What you can still do that would be incredibly helpful is share this plea with your own network of coworkers, friends and family.  Just put it out there!  For those who haven't donated, PLEASE consider a contribution in any amount as every penny counts!  With a couple of clicks to this link you can help rebuild the village of Chaurikharka in the shadow of Mt Everest......the school, the monastery, the new Sherpa Cultural Center and individual homes. 

Below are some examples of what your donation could provide in a Nepali economy:

$15        one man's labor for 1 day

$250      would pay for a Nepali engineer to fly to Chaurikharka for a day and consult on earthquake

                proof building

$500      would buy 120 bags of cement which could help rebuild 2 small houses

$1000    would pay for 4 hand framed windows for a house

$1500    would buy roofing material for one small house

 

 I will be returning to Nepal in late July to work with a village committee in the distribution of The Himalayan Project's relief funds, making sure it all gets into the hands of those most in need.

 





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