The Nepal Earthquake
A Word From World Expeditions
The catastrophic earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 has resulted in a massive loss of life and destroyed many neighbourhoods in Kathmandu, as well as many of the remote communities dotted throughout the mountains. World Expeditions has been operating in Nepal for 40 years and at the time of the earthquake had 17 groups travelling in the country and in surrounding regions, including Kathmandu, Everest, Annapurna, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga, Tibet and Bhutan.
Since the disaster occurred, we have received a number of calls from past travellers who have been welcomed wholeheartedly by the Nepali people and want to help in a real and meaningful way. In response to this overwhelming interest, World Expeditions will be expanding its range of Community Project Trips in Nepal for the 2015-2016 season, in order to provide opportunities to anyone who wants to physically contribute to the rebuilding effort.
Over the coming months and in time for the next trekking season, our not-for-profit division of the company, Community Project Travel, will work with our local people to select a number of remote communities in need of our assistance to rebuild their schools and community infrastructure.
The World Expeditions Foundation also launched a Nepal Earthquake Appeal on April 29th, and so far has fundraised $140,000.
Following the shocking reports coming from the badly affected Langtang and Helambu regions, we have purchased and are transporting thousands of kilos of rice, sugar, salt, lentils, cooking oil and sugar. Our representative is travelling to Rasuwa to coordinate food drops to the villages of Ramche, Betang, Jivanpur, Suspa Kshamawati and Dubachour, which totals approximately 3,675 households.
We continue to try and source tarpaulins and cooking utensils and stoves, which are in short supply. The World Expeditions Foundation does not have any administration costs, which means that every dollar donated will go to the cause.