Two months have passed since the devastating earthquake that shook Nepal on April 25, 2015. At 7.9 magnitude, the natural disaster destroyed large portions of the Himalayan nation– including UNESCO World Heritage sites: temples, shrines, monasteries– and tragically took the lives of more than 8,000 people.
On May 12, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal again. This time, with the epicenter near Mt. Everest. The death toll of the second earthquake was substantially lower, rounding out at roughly 125, and leaving thousands injured.
At the time of impact, the global media eye was sharply focused on Nepal. Prayers erupted worldwide. Mass media, social media, every channel of communication was dedicated to providing education and information: questions and answers on how to help, coverage of destruction, coverage of relief.
Now that months have passed and we are focused on other news, i.e. beautiful developments in the United States– marriage equality (hooray!)– we must remember Nepal is far from recovered.
Katmandu and Pokhara are emerging from the after effects of the disaster. Hard-to-reach mountain towns are still in shambles however, with very little access to the aid that is coming into the country. Thankfully, organizations like NCRR (Nepal Cyclists Ride to Rescue) have enlisted to problem-solve.
NCRR is a group of mountain bikers who bravely traverse roads that lead to remote towns, unable to reach by motor vehicle. Although they may be, as they say, “only be a drop in a massive ocean of needs” they certainly are a driving force behind connecting those in need with the tools required to recover, and eventually rebuild, after this tragedy.
Watch their video below and follow them on Facebook:
A little about my own experience: During my stay at Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh, India, I got very sick. So sick that I ended up touring every hospital, and some emergency rooms, in Rishikesh. While I won’t go into the grizzly details of my infection, I will talk about the angels who were there with me, supporting and helping every step of the way.
Rajan and Niru Bastola are a Nepalese couple who, with their little boy, lived and worked at Anand Prakash during the Akhanda Yoga 200-hour teacher training I was attending in February 2015. Along with Yogrishi Vishvketu, my teacher, as well as Vishal Kumar and Rawat Pramond, they helped me more than I ever could have hoped for in my extremely vulnerable condition. The outpouring of compassion, gentleness, kindness and love I received is truly extraordinary; and it made a monumental impact on me as a human being. I will forever be grateful to my family at Anand Prakash for this.
When the earthquake struck Nepal, Rajan and Niru lost everything. The Akhanda Yoga community responded immediately with the intent to help. Inspired by a previous positive experience with GiveForward.com, I started a fundraiser to support the Bastola Family.
The Akhanda Yoga family showed tremendous support for our friends Niru and Rajan Bastola, raising $8,474– $3,174 over the $5,000 goal– in only a few days. This drew the attention of the Give Forward community who were so inspired, they featured our fundraiser in their newsletter: “Community Remains Unbroken After Nepal Earthquake” as well as added an extra $300 to the cause.
It is with heartfelt gratitude that I share this story with you today. The honor of being a part of such a community, held together with love and compassion and a true feeling of family is something I give thanks for every day. If you are inspired by this movement of giving forward to help others in need, do not hesitate to seek out a way that fits best for you to give a helping hand.
How you can help Nepal:
- Educate yourself by reading articles like this: Ever wondered where your aide donations go and how they are distributed? Here’s a glimpse into the reality of how your aide money is (not) reaching those in need.
- And this: Nepal Earthquake Aid
- Visit Nepal ! One of the best ways to help the Nepali economy is by traveling to Nepal. Many of the trails remain undamaged, Nepal boasts some of the most spectacular mountain landscapes in the world. Nepal Trekking Conditions
- Donate: Nepal Red Cross Foundation and The Bulldog Trust – Nepal Earthquake Recovery Appeal 2015 – funding small, grassroots NGOs working directly on the ground.
- Support specific organizations, like Hansada Yoga Ashram :
- Donation may be transferred directly to the Hansada Ashram account as follows: Nepal Bank Limited, Branch Office Banepa Account No:-0015-11-0025579 Swift Code:-NEBLNPKA Hansada Yoga Ashram Committee