Earthquake Relief: Sindhupalchok

$5,080 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 88 people in 55 months
Hello friends, family and all kind souls who want to help us empower international women. We are raising money for a volunteer trip to South East Asia. We will be working in sex trafficking prone neighborhoods performing research on the issues promoting sex trafficking to develop pragmatic ways to combat them as well as working to educate women in these communities on the threat of sex-trafficking. One of the root causes of trafficking is ignorance; young impoverished girls are gullible to the false hope of a better life that traffickers instill in them. They are promised job opportunities and food for their family and willingly travel with their traffickers, naive to what is happening to them. After much research we decided on a program based outside of Kathmandu, Nepal that focuses on public education and research. We will be living with a local Nepalese family for the duration of our stay and working six days a week.  Please read on to learn more about Danielle and me and the program we will be working with. 

I’m Jade; I’m a recent graduate from the University of Oregon with a degree in International Studies and Political Science. I’m currently residing in San Francisco where I moved to work with a startup company that focuses on global awareness and sustainable living. I spend my spare time volunteering with Pachamama, a human rights organization that works to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and I also manage a craft cocktail bar in San Mateo. My long-term goal after graduate school is to work in international development, specifically international human rights.

I’m Danielle; I’m currently living in Milwaukie, OR and working towards my license in Massage Therapy at East West College of The Healing Arts.  I spend my mornings as a Research Analyst for a Lead Generation company in Vancouver, WA and spend my evenings studying and attending class in Portland, OR. Once licensed, I plan to focus my practice in Traditional Thai Massage and Craniosacral Therapy. I am very excited for this new adventure; I am eager to make a positive impact in this world and immerse myself in a foreign culture.

Sex trafficking is a growing problem in Nepal; some 12,000-15,000 young girls are trafficked each year. Typically girls between 11 and 20 are trafficked either through coercion or they are sold, sometimes by their own family. Once trafficked these girls are subjected to a life no one should ever live. They are beaten and forced to service between 6 and 40 men a day. Here is a link to an article where you can read more about trafficking in Nepal. http://thediplomat.com/2014/02/women-and-girls-a-commodity-human-trafficking-in-nepal/  Women’s civil liberties go unrecognized in Nepal and we want to be a small part of working towards changing this. We believe that education is the foundation to women’s empowerment and therefore liberation, which is why this program speaks to us. 

We have found a wonderful organization with an amazing program called Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN). Here is a link to learn more about the organization and the project we will be focusing on specifically: http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/women-empowerment-program/   The program fees are $625.00 EACH ($1250) for one month and covers food, accommodations and monies to run the program. This is an extremely affordable program because we work directly with the organization versus going through an agency. Less bureaucracy equals a lower fee. 

We plan to use our funds first on the program fee for both of us and anything beyond that will go towards other necessities, like shots,  in order to make this trip possible. Thank you so much for investing in our cultural development and the future of Nepalese women.
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Donors, sharers and followers- we returned from Bhotenamlang village at 2am last night. We are physically and mentally drained but want to briefly share what your donations have made possible so far.

*TWO of the trucks pictured filled with food such as rice (approx. 300 bags), noodles and biscuits

*Medications/wound dressing (we reached the village with one paramedic before any medical team got there)

*50 solar powered lanterns (we spoke to an amazing company- Mpowerd- who discounted the clean energy lamps in support of our cause)

Thank you from us, from our Nepali family and from the people of Bhotenamlang village. You'll never know what your contribution has done until you've seen a village full of hungry people.
The third team and truck of supplies to depart to Bhotenamlang
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4/29/15 UPDATE: The relief team left for Bhotenamlang this morning and arrived safely this afternoon with food and supplies to last a few days. They have reported back conditions and high priority supplies that will be collected and sent tomorrow.

Maya spoke with the Nepali Minister of Trade, Supply and Commerce today and was able to acquire a helicopter which delivered emergency food to three remote villages (including Bhotenamlang) as well as rescue injured survivors.

We also contacted MPowerd, a company that develops and manufactures personal clean energy solar lanterns. In support of our cause they agreed to generously discount and send 50 lanterns to Nepal which will go to Bhotenamlang. A portion of the money is going to these lanterns. Shipping costs to Nepal are extremely high which is not conducive to our plan because we want 100% of your donations to go to food, medications, supplies or light so, fortunately, we were able to find a group of doctors heading to Nepal from Nebraska on Friday who are willing to bring the lanterns with them. Tomorrow we will continue to gather supplies and send more groups out by foot.

Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming support. The donations and shares have been flowing and every bit of it is needed. Your generosity and compassion is felt by all here.
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UPDATE: With your support, through donation or sharing this post, we have already raised over $1,000 in less than twelve hours for Maya's village. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts, from Maya and from friends and family in her village. There were three large aftershocks last night, one that sent us running. Maya's brother and a group of men went to the village late last night ahead of us and have reported back it is way to dangerous for us to come this morning. Not only was the village flattened by the earthquake but it has been overrun by landslides which are still high risk due to continual aftershocks. This district, the Sindhupalchok, has the highest reported death toll in a district breakdown. We are upset that we are not able to go any longer but we trust the advice of Maya's family who have our safety in mind. It is unfortunately out of our control, but in Mother Nature's . We will remain in Kathmandu mobilizing media and collecting donations/supplies with Maya to send with the men who are braving the conditions, as well as also working with VIN on projects around the city.
Bhotenamlang Village- photo sent by the guys who went ahead of us last night.
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As most of the world knows by now, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal this last Saturday, causing destruction, death and turmoil throughout the country. Maya's village, Bhotenamlang, in Sindhupalcho district, received the brunt of the quake. Every home was reduced to rubble, and landslides have obstructed the road making it very hard for aid teams to reach them. The majority of rescue teams are focusing their attention on the situation on Everest. Maya and her family are gathering food and supplies to bring to the village tomorrow. We are accompanying them on this relief effort. We will be driving as far as we can then walking the remainder, which is expected to be about two hours.

We are hoping to raise at least $500 for the village to support their efforts. Please share and donate what you can. Anything helps. For the next 2 weeks, every donation will go directly to the village.
Food collected so far to bring tomorrow.
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Raised by 88 people in 55 months
Created November 16, 2014
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50 months ago
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Sunny & Chris Bizot
50 months ago

Good luck Danielle & Jade -- we are so proud of your efforts and contributions ♥

JP
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50 months ago
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Ben Gershen
50 months ago

hashtag heart.

KP
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Kristin Patton
50 months ago

I'm a friend of Jade's Aunt Amy. Wishing you all best in your work!

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amy resnick
50 months ago

I love you Jade!

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