Cycle of Life for Nepal
Personal Plea for Nepal
This is a personal plea from me, on behalf of the people of Nepal.
You know the stats. 5200 dead. More than 10,000 injured. 70,000 homes destroyed, 8 million people affected, and countless people left without water, food or shelter by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, Nepal’s worst in 80 years.
In 2011, I went to Nepal to fulfil a long-held ambition to trek to Everest Base Camp, and in the process raise money for Islamic Help’s projects in Gaza. I met an amazing bunch of fellow trekkers, and we were ably led by our guide Kushahari Phuyal (Kush) and his team, including Pashang, Meg and other local sherpas. I’ve been to a few places around the world but I can honestly say that I can’t think of a more hospitable people than the Nepalese in my experience. In one of the harshest, coldest and most unforgiving terrains in the world, their hospitality, warmth and kindness made a daunting and difficult trek a pleasure, and they went way beyond the call of duty to ensure our comfort and safety, even down to little things; when I forgot to leave the Palestine flag at Base Camp, I entrusted it to Kush and he took it back with his indomitable grin (see pic). But, although he’s safe, Kush is hurting now, as are countless others.
4 years after completing my challenge in Nepal, I’ll be doing a challenge for Nepal: a sponsored bike ride of 50 miles this bank holiday weekend, taking in some of the tallest hills and steepest inclines in London to raise awareness and donations for vital, life-saving aid. The world has benefitted from all the fundraising treks hosted in Nepal, so in its time of need I’m asking you: please donate to Islamic Help’s emergency aid appeal for Nepal. Suggested donations are £25, £50 and £75 (see below how your money will be used).
- Food packages for a family from £25
- Shelter and essential NFI (non-food items) for 1 family: £50
- Combination of food and shelter/NFI: £75
I'm looking for 5 people to donate £50 each and 10 people to donate £25, but please donate as much as you can. I'm trying to raise a minimum of £500 but the more you donate the more lives we can save in the aftermath of this devastating event. On behalf of the Nepalese, 'Dhonnye baad' - thank you. :)