Nepal is in a state of crisis. Despite things starting to settle in Kathmandu the situation in the mountains is dire, and with monsoon season imminent, the incredible resilience of these people is not enough to protect them in these coming months.
Pocket Robin caught up with Beth Halford, Founder and CEO of the Himalayan Peoples Project Nepal, who has been working on the ground providing lifelines to the people of Nepal.
One of the greatest challenges in delivering aid to where it’s really needed is getting around the Nepalese government. With new legislations being imposed, taxes on aid supplies being added, lengthy customs checks being implemented and all foreign donations being diverted to government accounts, international relief missions are severely limited.
Despite the challenges, the Himalayan Peoples Project is in a position to help. They have teamed up with local responses headed by people in Nepal who are from remote areas affected by the earthquake. These local teams understand how the country works both politically and geographically. This local knowledge is paramount in the fight against the paralysing government. From day 1 in Nepal, the Himalayan Peoples Project were making a difference providing rescue packages including shelter, food, clothing, basic medical and sanitation supplies and raised the funds needed to provide Thame (a village destroyed in upper Solu Khumbu) with shelters and food to survive.
The people of Nepal haven’t just lost everything they own, they are still living with the risk of losing their lives or having their children trafficked to India or women being sexually abused in the temporary shelter camps. The countdown to the monsoon, and its potentially life threatening rain has begun: the HPP is therefore turning its attention to building long term, safe shelter for the people, starting in the remote village of Rolwaling.
Please donate if you can, or spread the word to others you know who are interested in supporting people in Nepal at this difficult time. Your money will be transformed into aid and will get directly to those who need it.
Visit the Himalayan Peoples Project Nepal for more information on their earthquake appeal and other great projects.