Rebuilding Nepal through Trade
More than 9,000 people died and more than 23,000 were injured in the massive earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May, 2015. Now, the people of Nepal are struggling to heal emotionally and physically as the country continues to rebuild.
Relief workers in Kathmandu have told us that one of the most important things we can do to help Nepalese families regain a sense of normalcy is to provide trade so that people can once again wake up in the morning and go to work. We encourage you to support Nepalese artisans and their families by purchasing products marked with the prayer flag icon.
DharmaCrafts has committed to donate 5% of the sales revenue of all Nepalese products throughout 2015 and 2016 to earthquake relief efforts. A large percentage of our donation will go to Roshi Joan Halifax's Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund (NERF) set up through Upaya Zen Center. Upaya's example of engaged Buddhism is inspirational to us and to our efforts. DharmaCrafts will also contribute to the Save the Children Fund.
More than 100 DharmaCrafts products are handcrafted in Nepal. As a small business with 6-8 employees, we are grateful that we can offer assistance, not only to these artisans, but also to the tens of thousands of men, women, and children who have been affected by this tragedy.
How DharmaCrafts (and YOU) are assisting the people of Nepal:
- We offer products on dharmacrafts.com and in our print catalog that are made in Nepal. Revenue from the sales of these products provide the commerce that produces income for the artisans and their families who are struggling to regain a small sense of normalcy.
- When you purchase items made in Nepal (designated by this icon ), DharmaCrafts will donate 5% of sales revenue throughout 2015 & 2016 to support Nepal's rebuilding efforts. DharmaCrafts kicked off our relief efforts with a donation of $3,000.00 in September 2015.
How will DharmaCrafts' Donations Be Used?
Because of DharmaCrafts' deep connection to the Buddhist community here in the U.S. a large percentage of our donation will go to Roshi Joan Halifax's Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund (NERF) set up through the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. DharmaCrafts will also donate to Save the Children's Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.
Update on DharmaCrafts' Rebuilding Nepal Initiative April 22, 2016:
Thank you for supporting our efforts to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. Due to your purchases of products made in Nepal from 12/16/15 - 3/31/16, DharmaCrafts has donated an additional $3,000 to Upaya Zen Center's Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund (NERF). This brings our total donation for the 2015 holiday season through March 2016 to $6,000.00.
To see how your thoughtful and compassionate support of DharmaCrafts' Rebuilding Nepal through Trade effort has helped the people of Nepal, click on the link below from the Upaya Zen Center. This past winter as Dolakha experienced an aftershock, Upaya Zen Center volunteers were there handing out 1,500 blankets and winter clothing for 200 babies and children. Read the Upaya Zen Center's update from April 2016, Nepal One Year Later: The Work of Restoration. This update includes two stirring videos that highlight the medical care that Upaya's Nomads Clinic provides to those in need in the Dolpo region of Nepal.
We look forward to continuing this initiative throughout the remainder of 2016. Thank you once again for your support.
Update on DharmaCrafts' Rebuilding Nepal Initiative December 16, 2015:
Due to your generous purchases of products made in Nepal from 12/1/15 - 12/15/15, DharmaCrafts will donate an additional $1,300 to be allocated to Upaya Zen Center's Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund (NERF) and to Save the Children. This brings our donation for the 2015 holiday season to $4,300.00. Thank you for helping us assist the Nepalese people. We look forward to continuing this initiative throughout 2016.
According to a recent email update from Upaya Zen Center, "...monetary support was sent to help the Thali Refugee clinic expenses, and to Tora Akita to bring supplies to Uiya village. Sonam Jangbu Sherpa reports on sending school bags to the children of Shree Rayamanchhap School, Likhu, Nuwakot." To learn more about Upaya Zen Center's humanitarian work in the region and how donations are being used, we direct you to a current piece in the New Yorker Magazine about Roshi Joan Halifax's October, 2015 pilgrimage to Nepal. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/12/21/medical-mountaineers
About Upaya Zen Center's Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund (NERF): Roshi Joan Halifax and Upaya have a longstanding commitment to Nepal. Their Nomads Clinic program has been operating in the Himalayan region since 1980. In addition to Upaya's deep and ongoing relationships in Nepal the funds that they have raised go directly to those in need -- bypassing ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS. Upaya's example of engaged Buddhism is inspirational to us and to our efforts. In fact, as we write this document in September 2015, Roshi Joan is on her annual pilgrimage to Nepal.
Because Upaya donates funds based on need at the time, we don't know today how exactly our donated funds will be used (stay tuned for updates!). Here is a sampling of how funds have been used to date by Upaya and distributions made to their partners and partner agencies in Nepal:
- Supplied medicine in the immediate aftermath of the Earthquakes
- Erected birthing tents so that women in Dhading and Sindupolchok have a safe clean place to deliver.
- Identified the best water filter on the market and hundreds were purchased and sent to Bihar and are now on their way to Kathmandu
- Supported the creation of 1,500 school bags so village children's books and papers will be protected from monsoon rains.
- Through deep relationships in the region funds have hired helicopters to bring aid to remote regions, and hired hundreds of porters to bring aid across dangerous landslide mountains, giving life and livelihood to many.
- Earthquake relief for 13 villages, more than 600 families. Donations included 20,000 kg of rice, 200 tents, 300 tarps, 600 liters of oil, 800 packages of noodles, urgent medical aid, and 300 blankets.
- Rebuilt houses in the lower Tsum Valley.
- Rebuilding shelter for the Nuns at Bigu Gumba
- Delivered shelter kits to 1,500 families in the remote region north of Gorkha
About Save the Children/Nepal's Earthquake Relief Fund: Save the Children is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. With nearly 40 years of work in Nepal, Save the Children has the infrastructure and experience to help Nepal nurture a strong and happy next generation.