Cash on the streets of Kathmandu

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Many large organizations are raising money for earthquake victims and relief in Nepal. Though that kind of major relief is the most important in the long run, it often misses the immediate needs of those suffering.

Here's a quote from The New York Times. It makes clear that people need cash on the streets:

“Only this tent was provided by the government, but for everything else we have had to rely on our own labors,” he said as relatives swayed their heads in agreement. “You can see how many humans are in need.”

Thi is because a local market culture is the way Nepal works. Natural disaster or not, necessary supplies are going to be brought in by individual truckers and other transporters - a lot of it carried by hand - and sold in local markets. 

The only way to help people then get the things they need is to get some cash into their hands.

I have lived in Nepal for years and have close, trustworthy friends. Every cent (minus the fees that GoFundMe rather disgracefully charges for emergencies even of this magnitude and the Western Union fees, which WU is discounting 50 percent) of the money raised in this campaign will be distributed by my friends to people in immediate need of food and milk for children, tarpaulins for shelter in this rainy season and bandages, medecines - whatever exigencies they will determine immediately. The money can be transferred - the first 100,000 rupees already has been - so that it can be put to work right away.

And, they will help, if possible, to feed local animals who are suffering and starving, too.

The world's billionaire class has been silent on this cataclysm, while tens of thousands are dead and maimed for life. 

Let's do what we can.
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Thank You.

This campaign is over. All the rest of the money you donated will head to Kathmandu on Friday or Sunday. There were difficulties for the people on the other side to receive the second transfer.

If anyone is interested in contributing to the rebuilding, consider donations to http://www.kvptnepal.org.

I am very grateful to everyone. Your generosity will be helping a lot of people. We'll never hear about them, but we can all know this will make a difference.

-Brian
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Hi, Everybody -

I'm going to stop this fundraiser now. It turns out that shipping the money is more difficult for our friends there than it is for us to send it.

I have not yet been able to send the second installment - the second half of the money - because my friends have asked me not to for the moment. There is too much chaos, they have too much to do. Because it might take them a day, or a week or two, and there is no way of knowing, it is better to stop this now instead of creating any more stress on anyone. I know it sounds strange that raising money could stress someone, but that's what it sounds like might be going on over there. And my friends are not the type of people to encourage sending money beyond what they are able to contend with.

So, the amount raised will permit over another 100,000 rupees to be sent, but it is starting to sound like a better idea for anyone who wants to contribute to look at the list of major organizations. Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam, etc.

As odd as it might seem to us observing from a safe distance, receiving money in the ruins is tremendously difficult.

I don't know if I will still be able to communicate with you through this GoFundMe page. I will post updates on the facebook page for The Dog in the Clouds.

Thank you again. Please don't forget everyone in Nepal.
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We made it to the first hundred thousand rupees, and that money has been sent to Nepal.

Including GoFundMe fees and Western Union (which gave us a 50 percent discount for the emergency), that means that $1130 of our total (which is $1610 at the time of this writing) has been sent.

That's just the first step, because the banking system is down in Nepal. There is no electricity or internet for processing the transactions. Somehow, the landline to Paki's house was working.

Furthermore, it is impossible for anyone to leave their home to go to the pickup locations, because of the chaos in Kathmandu. People are under huge stress and there are some of the attendant problems. Emergency crews need people to stay out of the way, and when people are desperate there are also other problems that you can imagine.

Nonetheless, the money will be available as soon as the system provides, so there's nothing more we can do on our end for that first shipment of cash. It's as there as we could make it.

Thank you all, and please keep sharing this and trying to get the word out. We need to keep raising money.

The plan is now to send more to my other friends there, who are all, in different parts of town.

The Western Union discount was a one-shot deal. But, assuming that stays the same, every time we get another $1130, the next shipment of cash can go to Nepal and be waiting for pickup as soon as the system provides and as soon as safety permits my friends to go to the cash office.
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There are difficulties with wiring money, but as soon as we hit $1150 and the friends there can say which transfer office to send it to, 100,000 rupees can go.

I'll send at $1150 at a time.

More in-=depth update on the blog at http://thedogintheclouds.com/blog/2015/4/26/almost-at-a-hundred-grand-for-nepal-quake-victims
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Raised by 56 people in 49 months
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Thank you to Brian and Roo for making this possible. Along with money goes much love.

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