We have just received a call for help from our Sherpa friend Dawa in Kathmandu. He accompanied us on our trek last year and got word that two children (Asisha Rai and Anisha Rai) miss their mother. She wasn’t found after the earthquake and they need support.
We have just transferred 20,000 Nepalese Rupees (about 177 EUR) from the ebook sales via Western Union. Dawa will pick it up and help the two childen directly.
We have just donated $1000 of the fundraiser photo ebook proceeds to the Maya Sherpa Project. This brings the overall donations from our fundraiser to over $4000. Thank you all so much for your support!! Please consider telling others about this project!
We know the Maya Sherpa Project personally and 100% confident that our donation will quickly reach those who need it most. Their focus is on supporting Sherpas in remote Himalayan villages. Those villages are the ones that need help most at this point.
It’s been five days since the earthquake and two days since we started selling our fundraiser ebook People of the Himalayas.
I’m thrilled to be able to report that we have just crossed the $4000 line and we have already donated $3000 of those to dZi.org over the last two days. dZi is a local charity that we trust and that will get help directly to the Nepali people without any unnecessary overhead. Visit the dZi.org website.
This wouldn’t have been possible without YOU. We and the Nepali people are eternally grateful that you all chipped in. Thank you!
We have just sent out the first direct help to the family of our guide from 2014. Her name is Chhokpa Sherpa. Her parents’ house in their village was destroyed by the earthquake and they needed funds to buy food, water and repair materials. Chhokpa will pick up the money through Western Union (currently 0% fees to Nepal) and get it to her parents and a few others in need. We have sent about 300 USD worth in Nepalese Rupees (NPR), coming straight out of the fundraiser ebook sales.
From left to right on the picture: Pemba Sherpa (Chhokpa’s father), Pasang Lhamu Sherpa (sister), Kanchhi Sherpa (mother), Furwajangmi Sherpa (youngest sister), Nuru sherpa (brother).
At this point let us just extend a big thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraiser so far. If you haven’t already, please consider buying our ebook (90 photos from Nepal from 2009 to 2014, choose your own price level, all proceeds go to the local help organization DZI and individuals in need.
In April 2015, Nepal was hit hard by a devastating earthquake that brought down buildings and killed and injured thousands of people. Chris Marquardt and Monika Andrae have visited and photographed the people and places of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhakthapur and other areas in and around Nepal from 2009 to 2014. Areas that were hit hard by the earthquake.
Celebrate this area of the world and the people who live there while donating to help rebuild!