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Namaste from Nepal Himalaya

BasantapurSince the earthquake, we here at Earthbound Expeditions have dedicated ourselves to rebuilding Nepal. In 2009 we created a local grass roots charity, Mamata Volunteers, which has over the years built schools, libraries, and housing in villages around Nepal.  We now are expanding this work to help rebuild Nepal after the earthquake.  I would also urge you to join and share our Facebook page and visit our website where we will be providing updates and communications about our progress.

We have worked tirelessly over the last several days to establish a web portal to allow contributions, and are now partnered with Active Hearts Himalaya, a New Zealand, charity to process and receive donations via credit card payments. Our goal is to funnel charitable donations directly to specific building projects with as little financial overhead as possible.  The web portal www.GiveALittle.com charges no fees, so 100% of your donation will be applied to the efforts here in Nepal. Help us create positive energy and Good Karma while helping the most needy.

You can make your contribution using this link. Please mention Rebuilding Nepal after the Earthquake in your comment.

If you would like your donation to be directed to a specific village, guide, porter, or staff member from a previous tour of Nepal, please mention that in the comments as you make your donation, and we will do our best to fulfill your request. Please email [email protected] for assistance if you have trouble making your donation.

Helping the villages:
Our short term approach is to provide temporary shelter to villagers in need.  We have already distributed tents, tarps, blankets, medicine and toiletries to three villages of Dhading and Nuwakot, Darkha, Fikuri and Pipaltar, with more on the way now.  Look forward to a request for tents and dry sacks to allow villagers relief from the elements and provide a dry place to store rice, grains, flour, and other staples of the Nepali diet until more permanent housing can be established.

Longer term our goal is to build a working village with model construction that is earthquake resistant to teach locals how to construct safer buildings, so the next (inevitable) earthquake does not take such a large toll on Nepal, a gift to the next generation.  Then create projects to build housing, schools, clinics, etc. that are safe and sustainable across Nepal.  We have contacted Engineers Without Boarders to begin plans for developing affordable earthquake resistant construction methods, with hopes to start construction this fall after the monsoon season.

If you have any questions or concerns about the rebuilding efforts, please contact Jim at [email protected] or +977 4701051 or 4701855 (please note that the phones do not record voice mail messages, so email is preferred).

While Nepal is rebuilding we will continue our operations in areas that are less affected by the earthquake, like Chitwan, Lumbini, Pokhara, Everest, Poon hill and some mountain regions of Nepal, plus Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Sri-lanka and Tibet, to continue to generate funds that will help our Nepali staff / people to sustain and allow us to contribute to the rebuilding efforts.
Thank you for being part of the positive change and Please stay in touch. Namaste!

“Knowing is not enough, you must implement.” ~Buddha

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