Winter Warmth for Nepal
Organized by: -Arya and Christin -
Winter is over, and Spring has arrived!
March 23, 2016
Although we reached our goal of $6,500, thanks to so much generosity and kindness shown, the need is limitless so we will continue to put any donations recieved into distributing more blankets and clothing in rural areas of Nepal throughout the cold months.
Winter has started in Nepal and people all throughout the country are feeling the cold. Almost 8 months after the devastating earthquake, over 200,000 people still live in temporary tents in or in makeshift shelter while they work to earn enough money to rebuild their destroyed homes. The Nepalese government has been widely criticised for it's lack of action after the earthquakes and for continuing to hold on to more than 4 billion dollars in donor funds while millions of people throughout the country continue to struggle to rebuild their homes and lives.
On top of that, since the release of the country's long awaited Constitution in September, there has been a blockade preventing vital goods from coming into Nepal from India and leading to a full humanitarian crisis with no sure end in sight. The blockade started as a result of protests by two large Nepalese ethnic groups who demanded that the newly released constitution be amended to more fairly represent them. It is apparent that India has been supporting this blockade from their side, yet they continuously deny their involvement while Nepal’s congress chooses to point their finger at them rather than to work to find a solution.
As a result, there is now an extreme shortage of essential supplies in Nepal primarily petrol, cooking gas and medicine which is resulting in increased hardship throughout the country. Due to the now complete lack of cooking gas in the market, people across the country are forced to spend extra time and effort to collect fire wood to cook meals for their families and to heat their homes. Many people continue to live in tents and tin houses since the earthquake destroyed their homes which makes them more susceptible to the cold this winter. UNICEF warns that more than 3 million children under the age of 5 are at risk of death or disease during the harsh winter months due to the severe shortage of fuel, food, medicines and vaccines and the increase of indoor pollution caused by cooking with wood.
Living here in Nepal we are constantly aware of the ongoing challenges in people's lives and the deficit of support. As winter sets in, we hope to provide people with at least some immediate relief from the cold to help bring a little bit more comfort into their lives.
HOW YOUR DONATION WILL BE USED
With your help, we will provide warm blankets and clothing to those who are most in need during these winter months, with an emphasis on children and infants.
In collaboration with two local grassroots organizations, Nepal Share and Helping Hands Nepal, we will distribute the supplies to homeless people throughout Kathmandu and to families still living in tents and temporary shelters in Kathmandu and in rural areas devastated by the earthquake.
[1 Blanket= $5 USD]
[ Warm Child's Jacket + Pants Set= $6 USD]
[1 Warm Baby Wrap = $4 USD]
Thank you for helping us to bring some warmth to Nepal this winter.
-Christin Will & Arya Cayton
"One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.” —Thich Nhat Hanh