Carini Lang Nepal Relief Fund

$7,263 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 24 people in 51 months
I have worked with the people of Nepal for 20 years helping to revive traditional carpet weaving techniques and the use of natural dyes and fibers. One of the projects I had been working on at the time of the earthquake was helping a small group of women in a village who had  started their own business weaving small, traditional carpets. We were providing them with training in lost techniques that we are trying to revive as a part of a cultural heritage preservation effort.
 I was in the country at the time of the earthquake and saw firsthand the devastation it caused.
I was with these families reviewing their progress 3 days before the earthquake struck. They were so happy with the results they were getting- everyone was smiling, and we all enjoyed the day together. After the earthquake the tiny farmhouse that was their studio was damaged beyond repair and too dangerous to contemplate using again. But worse, their houses were badly damaged and they are now living under plastic tarps and a hastily made thatched shelter.
 My aim is to raise money in order to rebuild a new studio space for these women. Through this work they are able to earn extra money for their children's schooling and household needs. Their primary work is farming their small rice fields which just barely provide enough to feed them.
With my network of friends on the ground we can rebuild their studio space which can also serve as temporary shelter during the monsoon season, until such time as they can rebuild or repair their houses. Please help with any contribution that you feel it in your heart to make. I will personally make sure that it is well used.

 Thank you,
Joseph Carini

One of the women weaving before the earthquake occurred.
The damage done to the studio space during the earthquake.

The living conditions the women and their families are facing.

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We are getting close to our goal. Thank you to everyone who has so generously supported our Nepal Fund. A big thank you to Carol Han and the supporters of New Yorkers For Nepal for the contribution of $2000. You have taken us a step closer to our $7500 goal.
As of now, a temporary house made of steel supports and galvanized metal is going up to get a family through the monsoon and also double as a work space for the cottage industry carpets they are making to support themselves. I should have photos to post soon!
Carol Han and Lynn Hason
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We have reached the halfway mark to our goal!!! So far we have purchased materials and are assembling a temporary building that can be used as a work space and a temporary home for a family during monsoon season.
We are talking to local builders right now to determine who will be best for this project. We want to use sustainable, local materials and design for strength and flexibility.
On another note, we hosted a fundraiser for Nepal at our showroom on Wednesday night- most of the proceeds will go to an orphanage in Nepal, some of the proceeds will also go to our fund. We think we raised about $7000 for the night, but I am still waiting to hear the final tally.
The women and children we are helping
Wednesday nights Nepal Fundraiser
Fundraiser at Carini Lang showroom
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Yeah!!! We have reached almost 20% of our goal in only three days!
Currently we are buying materials for the rebuilding of the women's studio. Hopefully by next week we can start the building of the temporary space and get it done before the monsoon comes.
I will be posting video, photos and some biographical information about the women and their families next week.
Thank you to everybody who has contributed so far!!!

boy in temple
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Jennifer S Kotter
51 months ago

dear friends, this is a wonderful worthwhile cause!

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$7,263 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 24 people in 51 months
Created May 26, 2015
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50 months ago
Leigh Hayden
50 months ago

Tess' fifth grade class

Mark Blau
50 months ago

Glad to help

Fiona Kelly
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Jennifer S Kotter
51 months ago

dear friends, this is a wonderful worthwhile cause!

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