Help us help our friends, their families, and all of the wonderful people of Nepal, a nation that we hold near and dear to our hearts, during this trying time. After much thought we have decided to donate 100% of the proceeds from prayer flag sales to disaster relief efforts in the country. The process that went into choosing the perfect organization that reflects our ideals was a rigorous one, and in the end we opted to split the proceeds evenly between three different organizations.
We first evaluated organizations from an analytical standpoint based on their transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility, what we consider to be the trifecta of a responsible aid organization. We then reached out to friends on the ground in Kathmandu to better understand the developmental needs in the area, and to make sure that they and their families are safe and sound. The organizations we will be supporting are as follows:
The dZi foundation is focusing on infrastructural development in remote villages affected by the natural disaster that are largely inaccessible by conventional forms of transportation. Their long-term developmental strategy focuses on 7 of the most remote VDC’s (the Nepalese equivalent of a county), where they have already constructed various bridges, schools, & health facilities, as well as having implemented successful community and agricultural development programs. They work hand in hand with locals and international volunteers to improve the quality of life for mountainous Nepalese communities, and will be addressing the infrastructural damages inflicted by the recent earthquake.
Mercy Corps has a long history of promoting sustainable development in Nepal and is providing emergency relief to victims of the recent earthquake. Our contributions will assist the rebuilding of communities throughout the nation.
The American Himalayan Foundation is an organization based out of Kathmandu dedicated to “helping the people and the ecology of the Himalaya.” In order to help the people of Nepal, AHF created an Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund which dedicates 100% of contributions to the betterment of the dire situation on the ground in Kathmandu and in neighboring communities for the coming months, and will continue with this much needed assistance in years to come.
We encourage you not only to purchase prayer flags to support the victims of this natural disaster, or to provide monetary donations directly to one of above-mentioned organizations, but also to keep Nepal and its people in your thoughts and prayers in the coming months. The hardships faced in the beautiful country of Nepal will hopefully be overcome with the help of continual international support, and above all else we urge you to raise and spread awareness about the ongoing crisis in Nepal. Thank you for your time and for your donations; please pray for Nepal.