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After the Floods: Rebuilding Ladakh

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THE STORY:

A Photographic Exhibit by Alessandro Pedrelli, Josh Schrei and Laura Shin to Benefit Flood Victims in Ladakh
December 13, 2010 through Feburary 13, 2011

Reception:
Saturday, December 18, 2010, 2-4pm
Featuring Italian photographer Alessandro Pedrelli describing his experience during the floods
Wine sponsored by Moore Brothers (www.moorebrothers.com)

Om Yoga Center
826 Broadway, 6th Flr.
New York, NY 10011
212-254-9642
www.omyoga.com

The North Indian Himalayan region of Ladakh, which borders Tibet, is a popular tourist and trekking destination with a rich, well-preserved Tibetan Buddhist culture.

On August 6, 2010, flash floods killed hundreds of Ladakhis and several foreign trekkers; destroyed villages and the downtown area of the main city, Leh; and wiped out crucial infrastructure. Thousands were left homeless. In a region dependent on tourism, the disaster was particularly ill-timed, coming halfway through the four-month tourist season.

Three photographers who personally witnessed the devastation, including Schrei who photographed it for the Associated Press, have come together to raise funds for Ladakh by holding an exhibit of the photos in this album. Those who make donations in suggested amounts will receive a print (see captions for prices and sizes). Donations in other amounts can also be made. Each donation is 100% tax-deductible*. The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and Baboo have funded the printing costs, so every dollar donated benefits the flood victims.

Funds raised will go to Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG, www.ledeg.org), a 30-year-old, Ladakhi-run, non-profit organization. LEDeG is building energy-efficient, flood- and quake-resistant, traditional-style housing made of local materials for those left homeless.

Please consider making a gift. In a region where $2 buys dinner and a drink in a tourist restaurant, every bit goes a long way. As it is only the beginning of winter and nighttime temperatures are already dropping below 0°F, your contribution can help the Ladakhis survive the winter and rebuild for the next tourist season.

*Minus any credit card processing fees.

Alessandro Pedrelli, Josh Schrei and Laura Shin would like to thank the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Baboo (www.baboodigital.com) and OM Yoga Center for their generosity in helping to make this exhibit happen. All prints by Baboo.

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