The Acts of Kindness Collective
We're reaching out from Kathmandu to ask you to help us make a difference to the lives of people suffering in Nepal. Join the Collective!
Hi, our names are Justin and Eoin and we are currently stuck in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Nepali Earthquake
Last Saturday we were descending from Everest Base Camp when a 7.9 earthquake struck. It was terrifying. We heard screams from the valley below before watching the path in front of us being swallowed up by the earth and narrowly avoided being killed by a rockslide. We saw villages reduced to rubble.
On returning to Kathmandu we’ve seen death and destruction everywhere and a country so wounded that desperate help is needed. Fear is running high and an already impoverished, and beautiful, country is more vulnerable than ever before as people sleep rough without food, water and sometimes even shelter.
Since the disaster we’ve observed aid agencies close at hand and witnessed the terrible bureaucracy that is, so far at least, preventing them from being able to act while they wait for permits, licenses & transport to remote areas.
Significant and immediate help is needed.
Many tourists and locals are desperate to help those in urgent need.
We are reaching out from Kathmandu to ask you to help us make a difference, and we are grateful to the many of you have already offered to help any way you can.
How you can help?
1. You can donate here so we can start, as quickly as possible, to buy and distribute supplies directly
2. You can share this link with friends, family and colleagues
3. If you are in Nepal, join the Acts of Kindness Collective
Where will my money go?
Your kind donations to our ‘Acts of Kindness Collective’ fund will be exclusively used to buy supplies that we will distribute, by hand, directly to those most in need. We will work with locals to buy supplies at the best rates and to ensure that those in greatest need receive supplies quickly and efficiently. We would hope that in doing so significant administration and other costs could be avoided, thereby ensuring that any money you give will directly benefit those in dire need.
What about surplus funds?
Any surplus funds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders ( www.doctorswithoutborders.org), that is working to provide much needed medical aid.
The people of Nepal need your help and we hope that together we can make a difference.
Justin Cava-Jones and Eoin Cunneen.
The Acts of Kindness Collective
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"For it is in giving that we receive." - Francis of Assisi
The tragic loss of life and huge physical destruction has not been forgotten.
And neither has the incredible strength of the Nepali people who showed us how mighty the resilience of the human spirit truly is.
Coming back one year on, to continue the work that was started a year ago, I am humbled by every day in Nepal. Seeing how people live with so little, yet with so much joy and happiness makes me grateful to just be here. They let us into their homes, into their hearts and have so much to teach us. These beautiful people with nothing show us only love.
With kindness and compassion we can change the world together.
We are super excited to announce a life-changing project in partnership with The Dan Fredinburg Foundation, OrphanGift.org & All Hands Volunteers that will help over 200 earthquake victims by building 50 quake resistant, 2-room houses with bathrooms. These homes will be built for vulnerable families in Sindhapulchok, Nepal whose houses were devastated by the earthquake last April. Completion is expected to be June 2016 just before monsoon season and would not have been possible without your kind donations.
Thank you for your continued support!
In Australia Claudia Whitney hosted the event in Melbourne and said ‘my friend Josh played guitar while I led them through a practice by candlelight. We had really amazing food after and everyone was very super happy!”
In Hong Kong, The Whoopee Club founders Dee Cheung and May Nogoy hosted "Stretch & Shake"- a silent yoga disco on the Central Harbor waterfront. The girls guided a sea of yogis through a yoga flow "Shut Up and Shake Your Asana" which sent hearts soaring as we honored with interconnection between us all.
In the UK, Sarah Clare Lawrence hosted the event and said ‘our yoga class in Manchester was a great success. It's was such a strange morning... It was raining non-stop all night and morning so the field we were supposed to practice in was water logged and muddy! Then 10min before the class started the sun came out (which is very unusual in Manchester!). Then a guy who I had never met before came over to me donated a football pitch he had rented, for us to practice in. AND then this same guy donated £100 to our collection! Everything just fell into place so perfectly.’
So it’s with a full heart and deep appreciation that I say ‘thank you’ to all who attended, and with special thanks to the fantastic teachers who made this all possible! Every penny counts and allows us to continue to help those in suffering…
For AOKC there are a few keys developments worth mentioning:
Firstly, we are very proud to be funding the training of 12 highly driven young men from Dolkha and Kavre, who are keen to learn new building skills in order to serve themselves, their families and their community. They are currently at the ‘Livelihood Skills Training & Research Centre’ in India, where the training director there says ‘they are the most enthusiastic group we have had since our inception.’ We believe that skill development and empowering people to be economically independent is the best course of action in the rehabilitation of Nepal.
Also, a story from before the monsoon:
When Dawa Norbu was just three months old and as his mother tended crops outside, he suffered horrific injuries when a monkey entered the family home and viciously attacked the baby as he lay sleeping one afternoon.
As Dawa battled for his life, unlikely to survive the 5-day walk it would normally take from Nupri to Kathmandu, his parents managed to get him airlifted to hospital for urgent medical treatment. Unable to pay the hospital bills and as Dawa lay still injured the earthquake struck, destroying their home and all their belongings and leaving them with nothing.
AOKC’s hearts broke when we heard this story, and so we visited the hospital and paid the $800 that owed for Dawa’s skin-graft surgery.
Further assistance is required to help this beautiful family to get back on their feet once they leave hospital and ensure little Dawa’s continued recovery.
Direct donations welcomed or via our fund: http://www.gofundme.com/AOKNepal
Many thanks for all your support! We couldn't have done it without you...
Justin, good work mate help is so desperately needed. I've donated to my friend Tsewang in HK to buy tonnes of supplies. He is flying in 3000lns worth of items today or tomorrow. His family are in Kathmandhu and Pokhara. He is well connected locally and is very hands on. He'd be a great contact for you. I'll hit you both up on Facebook and maybe you can coordinate something. Godspeed my friend.