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BENEFITING: Save the Children

Kate Boardman

THE STORY:

Namaste dear family and friends,
 

Exactly 1 year ago, I set off for a month long adventure in Nepal where I had the privilege to explore one of the most magically beautiful countries I’ve ever been to, trek to Mount Everest Base Camp and most importantly, meet and interact with the friendly locals who welcomed me into their home with warm smiles and gracious hospitality. Hearing about the tragic earthquake that happened last week has been truly heartbreaking as I think about all the fascinating historic sites I was lucky enough to visit that are no longer there, to hear about the climbers at Base Camp who were killed by the activated avalanche and about the people I met and their families that must be experiencing such devastation, loss and fear.  During the time when disaster struck, a friend’s sister who had recently completed her base camp trek and was on her way back down had to literally run for her life from an avalanche, another friend who was there helping the village communities in the mountains had to find refuge in a cave before being  evacuated to safety in a helicopter  and several other friends I have met traveling and living abroad were living and volunteering in Nepal, but lucky enough to be safe.  One of my student’s nannies is from a remote village in Nepal and her family lost everything and their homes. These connections make this horrible event even more of an unwanted reality and I would therefore like to raise awareness and funds to help those in need. 

Nepal is sadly one of the poorest countries in the world, yet lucky to be comprised of some of the friendliest, most humble and welcoming people I've encountered.  Following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit, the injuries, scope of damage and death toll are increasingly rising leaving people without the most basic things necessary for survival such as food, shelter and water.  In the coming weeks and months, the risk of illnesses and diseases such as diarrhea, cholera and pneumonia are exponentially high especially as the monsoon rains and floods quickly approach and many are left homeless in the cold. 

Here are some basic facts:

·         7,000+ people are known to have died in Nepal alone.

·         More than 14,000 have been injured across the country.

·         18 climbers died at Mount Everest base camp when the quake sparked an     avalanche.

·         75 people were killed in India.

·         The United Nations estimates that 8 million people have been affected.

·         2.8 million Nepalese were displaced, according to the world body.

·         More than 3.5 million people are estimated to be in need of food assistance, the UN said.

·         And UNICEF estimates that 1.7 million children live in the worst-hit areas.

·         The Nepal Red Cross Society said it had almost exhausted its relief stocks which were sufficient for 19,000 families.

·         Nepal's government said 130,033 houses had been destroyed, according to the UN.

·         At Nepal‘s crowded National Trauma Center, overwhelmed doctors make split-second life or death decisions, arranging earthquake victims into order of priority and trying where possible to avoid amputations.

I am reaching out to you as friends and loved ones to please show your support and donate. When tragedies like this happen, many wish they could help, but are unsure how.  Traveling to the affected area or sending clothes/material objects  is not the answer, but making monetary donations is extremely crucial and beneficial and something that everyone can be a part of. A little will go along way so any amount will make a difference in these people’s lives as Nepal begins to rebuild and come together in the following months and years.  If we each sacrificed a few of those almond milk no whip Starbucks lattes, new outfits from the mall, or top shelf martinis at the bar, we could aid in providing people with the essentials they are in desperate need of. 

Choosing a trustworthy and reputable organization to donate to can be challenging and quite overwhelming. You need to make sure the organization is already on the ground in the country of disaster, has a well established working relationship with the country and its people, and that the proceeds will efficiently, effectively and immediately be distributed to those in need.  Save the Children has had successful operations in Nepal since 1976 and has a 4 star rating on Charity Navigator which ranks comparable organizations based on their efforts and fiscal transparency. As I am an early years teacher, the focus on working with children is of course an added bonus.

For more information about the work they are doing please read:

http://www.savethechildren.org/atf/cf/{9def2ebe-10ae-432c-9bd0-df91d2eba74a}/NEPAL EARTHQUAKE FACT SHEET_APRIL 29 2015.PDF 

 

Your tax deductible donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated!  


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