We have all heard about the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Many people have been killed and more injured. There has been huge destruction of homes, tourist accommodation, infrastructure and temples. Much of the damage is in remote locations.
Just listening to the radio now, it is also raining and cold. The local population is in tents or under tarps. Not by choice like we all love, but through necessity.
On the day of the earthquake Jay Reilly, our son in law and author of Remember to Breath – How to trek to Everest Base Camp contacted us and suggested we do something to support the Nepalese people.
In Jay’s words:
My first inkling of the devastating news came when my phone rang at 0730. The number was from the UK and accompanied by a message asking if I was ok. “Weird”, I thought, as I know nobody in the UK these days…
Then the Triple J news announcer read the story. A devastating earthquake had struck Nepal.
I was shocked and stunned-didn’t know what to think and what to do. My immediate thought was to jump on a plane and be there to help the country and people that housed me, fed me and provided me with a storybook life for 7-ish years. Of course with airports closed and natural disaster zones being way outside my skillset, I simply had to wait anxiously for word from my “family” in Kathmandu.
I later today learned that they are fine, which is a huge relief, but it’s not just about those few people. It’s about thousands of others who have lost loved ones, lost their meagre possessions and -even worse- have lost historically important temples, stupas and buildings. In short, these people have lost their culture.
The Nepalese are strong, resilient, beautiful, proud and brave. They will rebuild and recover with grace. They won’t ask the world to “fix it”. They look after their own and even in this time of utter chaos, I can GUARANTEE the restaurants of Thamel will be open and the needs and wants of Westerners will be being met. They are that giving.
I want to give something to them. Nepal, whether they admit it or not, needs money. Money to rebuild lives and money into the future, which can only come from tourism.
So why this article?
We know travelling to Nepal or Everest Base Camp is out of the question in the medium term.
We do know that you, our fantastic readers, are adventurers. We do know that one day you might visit Nepal and trek to Everest Base Camp.
We do know that Jay’s eBook is a fantastic resource, not only about the trek but also travelling to Nepal and Kathmandu. Even though you may not need it in the short term, it is still a great read and gives you wonderful first hand insight into Nepal and its people.
We hope you purchase the guide for $9.99 as a form of donation to help the Nepalese people.
What are we doing?
We have decided to donate $A500 ($US400) from previous sales and then the proceeds of ALL sales of the guide until September 30th 2015.
we are including a FREE copy of Pick your Gear , our introductory photography guide as a sweetener to encourage you . Written by Stephanie Cotteret, a freelance travel writer and photographer from France, it is a terrific introductory guide to choosing the best photography gear for the outdoors.
Normally $8.50 , this is included for free if you purchase Remember to Breathe.
NB: You can use a Credit Card OR Paypal. Just click on Paypal and the Credit Card option is there.
Who are we giving the money to?
Frank has followed All Hands Volunteers for several years. They are NOT a main stream charity, rather one that is very hands on that work closely with local communities affected by natural disasters.
From their website:
All Hands Volunteers is not your ordinary disaster response organization. Our volunteers aren’t ordinary, our projects aren’t ordinary, the needs we meet aren’t ordinary. We move into communities and call them home. This means we can listen to what the real needs of the community are, and every set of volunteers has unique strengths which come into play in finding creative ways to serve these differing needs. Nothing’s too outside of the box, because to us, there is no box to begin with.
All Hands currently have a team on the ground in Nepal and will commence work in the next day or so.
On behalf of us all here in Australia, and especially from Jay who loves the Nepalese people, please grab a copy of the book.
We promise to donate proceeds of the sales from now to 30th September to All Hands Volunteers. We will keep you in the loop with how much we raise. We also have some embryonic plans to join them in Nepal next year. It will take that long to get things back to normal.
Please use the button below to purchase Remember to Breathe and get your free copy of Pick your Gear. Enjoy and many thanks!
Frank and Sue Wall
Jay and Clare Reilly