Dear Donors and Friends,
Nancy and I have deep gratitude for all of you, as you have supported our work and the communities in Nepal in years past, through this disaster, and into the future. Many of you contributed greatly this summer by organizing fundraising events, hosting donation dinners, and offering a matching grant for funds raised. We have a few of your stories below. Although we can’t mention everyone here, you will find a list of donors on our website—and you are the foundation on which our programs thrive. Thank you!
2015 has been a difficult year in Nepal—the two major earthquakes, aftershocks which lasted for months, political conflict in passing a new constitution, and now a blockade of gas, cooking fuel, and medicine which has resulted in a crisis that has shut down flights, road traffic, restaurants and is crippling hospitals, tourism, and businesses. The country is moving from monsoon rains to the start of winter, but the government has hardly moved on beginning reconstruction. After seven months, they have finally given authority to a government body to start making spending decisions for international relief and reconstruction funds. It may take a few more months before any real decisions are made, much less the distribution of funds.
We have all, Nepalis and foreigners, farmers and businessmen, children and adults, been coping as best we can with the trauma we’ve lived through and the crisis of the present days. For me, it has been profoundly emotional in my own experience and also as a witness to the suffering and struggle in Nepal. This fall, for the first season in 10 years, I will be in Nepal without a trekking group to determine the most effective way to move forward in our work at Changing Lives Nepal.
Many of you have contributed to the GoFundMe campaign to support village reconstruction for Mountain Madness staff in the Everest region. This has been an amazing way to provide immediate support to families who lost their homes, particularly in areas where there has been little to no outside support. Through Changing Lives Nepal, Nancy and I are continuing long-term programs with our NGO partners, Neel Shahi (TEAM Nepal President) & Parshu Dahal (Executive Director of SODEC). The rural areas where CLN has been working are struggling to meet basic needs and rebuild. Our plans for the future include sustainable building for homes and schools as well as economic strengthening, including growing organic Himalayan coffee. You can learn more about our intentions here and details are to come after the fall field visits are complete. Please consider setting up a recurring donation to support the long-term rebuilding in Nepal!
We hope this finds you and your families happy, healthy, and in abundance in the holidays!.
Deana & Nancy