Nepal Earthquake 2015 – Final Relief Fund Update

We apologize for the delay in this Relief Fund update – life certainly has a way of getting between us and our ‘To-Do’ lists, doesn’t it?

Despite our tardiness, we are very happy to report that, thanks to your amazing generosity, Preeti and Unika’s school tuition and fees will now be covered for the next two years!


Here they are, all ready for school! (Photo by Sunil Tamang)


Your support will help their family redirect funds to rebuild their earthquake-damaged home, and the quality education Preeti and Unika will receive as a result of your donation dollars is certainly a gift that will keep on giving. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and the girls do too…


(Photos by Sunil Tamang)


Of course, two years’ tuition is a good start, but it will not carry them through their entire education. If you are interested in long-term sponsorship, please contact Brenna ( and she will put you in touch with people who can tell you more about what long-term educational sponsorship entails. Drew’s mother, Barbara, sponsored the education of our dear friend Sunil (Preeti and Unika’s cousin, you’ve read about him on the blog before) from the time he was 10 years old all the way through to the earning of his recent Bachelor’s degree, and found it a very rewarding experience, indeed! Here are Barbara and Sunil this past Fall, trekking in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal together…


If long-term sponsorship is not feasible, but you are still looking for ways to help Nepal, we highly encourage you to do so. Although you don’t hear much about Nepal in the international news these days, reconstruction is moving slowly and there is still much work to be done. There are many organizations on the ground doing good work that could use your help – check out our list of recommended organizations to find links to their websites. And Sunil is spearheading an ambitious project to rebuild 22 destroyed houses in his home village of Syaphru Bensi this Spring that also needs support. Check out the #RebuildOldSyaphru project website here to learn more.

And for the very last time, here are the numbers from our relief fund-
Funds raised since our last update (October 5, 2015): $1,082.39
Total funds raised: $14,182.75
Funds spent since our last update (October 5, 2015): $4,413.14
Total funds spent: $14,182.75
Funds remaining: $0

Thank you, again, for your incredible generosity towards the people of Nepal. It has been a very moving experience to see our family and friends come together to help those in need, and we are forever grateful for all that you’ve done. THANK YOU!





Nepal Earthquake 2015 – Relief Fund Update #5

It’s hard to believe it has been almost three months since the first earthquake on April 25, 2015. Thanks to your many generous donations, we have now raised over $13,000 for earthquake aid and recovery efforts. Drew and I took a step back this week to really think abut that number – $13,000! How incredible! We are so very grateful to have friends and family in our lives who have such kindness and caring in their hearts.

The week before last, we sent 220 water filters to the large village of Syafru Bensi in the Rasuwa District with our dear friend, Dorche…

Dorche (Sunil's father) is a certified trekking guide - he guided our short trek in Annapurna in 2012. (Here we are watching the sun rise over the Himalayas from Poon Hill). Dorche was guiding a trek in the Langtang region when the earthquake struck - luckily he (and his daughter Sapana who was with him) are okay!

Dorche is our friend, Sunil Tamang’s father. He guided our trek to the Annapurna region in 2012.

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Nepal Earthquake 2015 – Relief Fund Update #3

We apologize for the limited communication in these past few weeks. It has been an interesting time for us with some unexpected twists and turns, but we are happy to report that we’re back on track and have some exciting news to share with you!

Many of you know that we left Nepal for 12 days at the end of May because of delays in my visa application process. For those of you who didn’t know, allow me to explain further: My tourist visa was set to expire in early June, but my student visa application was significantly delayed because of the earthquake. By leaving the country for two weeks, we effectively ‘stopped the clock’ on my tourist visa and bought some time for the student visa paperwork to be processed through Nepal’s (painfully slow) bureaucratic system. We regretted having to leave the country at such a time, but if I had stayed and the student visa did not get processed before my tourist visa expired, I would have been forced to leave Nepal for 7 months (until the new calendar year in 2016). Drew and I are both committed to relief efforts here in Nepal, and were determined to avoid a situation in which I would have to be out of the country for so long. And so, we headed to Malaysia, using the opportunity to get some much needed rest and relaxation. We returned to Kathmandu on June 3rd, refreshed and ready to tackle the challenges ahead. (And, I’m happy to report that I now have my student visa in hand!)

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Nepal Earthquake 2015 – Relief Fund Update #2

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, May 12th took us all by surprise. The fragile sense of relative normalcy many of us were beginning to feel here in Kathmandu was replaced with renewed fear – are we really back here again? Now, much of the city is back camping outdoors under makeshift shelters of tarp, bamboo, and any other bit of material that will keep off the rain. Drew and I were lucky again – we both made it through unscathed and our apartment building did not withstand any damage. Instead of camping, we opted for a small mattress next to the door in the ground floor lobby/reception area of our building for several nights.

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