Thoughts of Peace for Nepal

If you’ve ever had the privilege of visiting Nepal, you understand how this developing country grips and casts a spell on almost everyone who passes through. It’s hard to describe.

It’s that reason that the April 25th 7.8 earthquake was so devastating. And, here in the US, we are are waking up to news of another 7.3 quake in the Everest region. Simply put, it’s too much.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square in Nepal. Absolutely heartbreaking to think future travelers  won't see the square.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square in Nepal. Absolutely heartbreaking to think future travelers won’t see the square.

It’s not just the loss of life. It’s the lost of a deep and magnificent cultural history. It’s the loss of friends and acquaintances. I can’t believe the sites I visited are all but gone. And yet, if feels insignificant or selfish to be sad considering the overall loss. It is really beyond words (And I’m not often at a loss for words).

While there are many opportunities to help Nepal, here are two funds I recommend and in the first case have made a contribution to.

A stupa at Namche Bazaar in the Everest Region of Nepal.
A stupa at Namche Bazaar in the Everest Region of Nepal.

If you want to help this special country, I recommend Next Generation Nepal. My amazing friend and host while I was in Nepal knows the founder personally and confirms he does amazing work helping children who have been displaced to reunite with their families. They started and earthquake that you can read about here. Importantly, Next Generation Nepal has established ties to the country and people.

Another alternative is the Planeterra Nepal Earthquake & Relief and Recovery, in partnership with tour operator G Adventures. I’ve traveled twice overseas with this organization (G Adventures) and had amazing experiences. They are truly committed to the country’s they operate in. I also suggest the Planterra Fund because G Adventures cover 100% of their administrative costs. Your donation will go directly to long-term repair of rebuilding homes in the region.

There may be more to say but for today, this is about all I can process. Peace to the people in Nepal.

Author: Judi Kennedy

Wanderlust. A professional aunt, fitness enthusiast, dog owner and avid reader the rest of the time.

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