If you’ve purchased a Sea to Summit product to travel in the Himalaya, chances are your aim has been to go trekking or climbing in Nepal. Whether you’ve gone as a backpacker or travelled in a group, you will have benefited from the hard work of Nepali porters who lug supplies up and down into the rugged hinterland that is the destination of the majority trekkers and climbers.
Most of these porters’ homes will be in remote villages that subsist by growing crops on the terraced hillsides. To supplement the meagre income produced, many people from those villages have gone out to work as porters.
In the aftermath of the terrible Anzac Day earthquake, hundreds of these villages have lost many if not most of their buildings. For those who survived their needs will be medical supplies and materials for emergency shelter followed by funds to help rebuild health post, schools and homes, however because they are remote, the chances of these villages getting immediate assistance is much lower than those who are closer to roads and towns.
There are many appeals for funds from established agencies with proven track records of delivering value to locals and everyone is doing their best to assist. If you are able, please give generously to any of these appeals.
Everywhere people are in need, some more than others but if you feel that you want your donation to specifically go to porters and their families in these more remote villages, we recommend two organisations we have been working with for years and have great trust in:
The World Expeditions Foundation: http://www.worldexpeditions.com /au/index.php?section=adventure_news&id=3251879
The Himalayan Stove Project: http://www.himalayanstoveproject.org/
Many of the porters employed by World Expeditions come from the remote hills to the north and west of Kathmandu, areas already economically disadvantaged because of the rugged terrain. In these areas entire villages have been laid to waste. They will be given money to buy urgently needed medical supplies and materials for immediate emergency shelter. In the longer term funds will be directed towards rebuilding important community assets such as medical posts and schools.
The Himalayan Stove Project also has people on the ground in Nepal to provide specific, targeted help. Through their established clean cooking stove project they have a wide reach and are well set up for hands-on support.