BENEFITING: LAHAF INC
Most of us underestimate the importance of light in our lives- In Developing countries and poorer communities life is dictated by the sun. When a village has no access to an electrical power grid or generator or when power has been destroyed by a natural disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane, much work can only take place when there is daylight. It’s estimated that a quarter of the world’s population—1.6 BILLION people—live without electricity, limiting the hours they have for activities like cleaning, sewing, socializing or studying.
Our partner Alison Thompson, director of Third Wave Volunteers, witnessed the power of light in a way she hadn't thought of before while working in Haiti. They were running a camp for over 65,000 earthquake victims and she noticed a correlation between the absence of light and the number of rape victims she was seeing in our field hospital daily. When the large solar lights were down (due to theft or damage) rapes went up 80% overnight as women were forced to walk around in the dark and grabbed and raped without any witnesses.
She has given out many lights to rape victims all over the world and some write to tell me how much safer they feel now that they can can see what is coming in the dark. They also beg for more lights for their friends, who are also scared. It was in these moments that the importance of light became tattooed into her heart and the journey with The Solar Puff began.
We are now in the midst of monsoon season in Nepal and it is vital more than ever to continue to support our fellow humans. Alison will be heading to Nepal in early September to bring solar puff lights and other vital supplies to the hard hit communities of Nukawot that are still struggling to survive, maintain and rebuild their lives.
Although Nepal may not be talked about in the mainstream media anymore, the disaster is still very active, real and needs our support.
A huge thank you to The Sisterhood band, Paul Borrud for the Nepal Drone footage, Mallory Brown and Ryan Doyle-Archana Gurung for the Nepal footage, Danielle Dreis and Fredric King for the Haiti footage, Thank you to Emily Hime- at Hime for Help Haiti orphanage so please support her orphanage also. Thank you to Third Wave volunteers and an extra big thank you to Fredric King who spent long hours volunteering on the editing and producing of the video.
LAHAF in partnership with Third Wave Volunteers is US based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that connects communities with the organizations, tools and resources to survive, grow and rebuild their lives .
Please consider a monetary donation today so we can continue to bring light and hope to Nepal.
Some highlights from our response since April, 2015:
- TWV deployed hundreds of volunteers to the Nepal from Sri Lanka, India, New Zealand, Australia and other surrounding regions
- Set up the supply chain of communication and points of entry options into the country with current supply lists and customs clearance protocols
- Communication and logistics support for a shipment of 10 pallets of donated medical supplies
- Fundraising effort to connect youth in the US that were having fundraisers with youth in Nepal so the youth in the US could witness how their efforts changed the lived for youth in Nepal
- Direct donations to the Kathmandu community supported
- Constant contact with our community leaders for up to date news and needs
- Rubble removal
- Art, music and animal therapies to adults and children
- Programs for the elderly, many had severe post traumatic stress disorders from the aftershocks and confusion
- Coordinated delivery of solar puff lights to our ground team in Nepal for distribution the hardest hit regoins
On behalf of Nepal and those who have supported us, our network of organizations and volunteers around the world we thank you!