Help Nepal: Taking The High Road

Help Nepal: Taking The High Road

For those of you who have not been to Nepal, I urge you to go. It is a beautiful country, with landscapes varying from mountain horizons to balmy jungle. When I think of Kathmandu, I think of colour, probably due to the association with the Nepali prayer flags that are adorned on buildings and around shrines. What really struck me about Nepal, was the beauty of the people, not just in appearance, but in character, friendliness, and personality. However, we need to help Nepal.

Colourful garlands in Kathmandu, Nepal

Colourful garlands in Kathmandu, Nepal

On April 25th 2015, the idyllic country of Nepal was struck a catastrophic earthquake of magnitude 7.8. Not three weeks later, on May 12th, a second earthquake of magnitude 7.3 hit the region. It is not uncommon for several earthquakes to take place along a fault-line in such a quick succession, but this does not that the country was any more prepared, or that the rest of the world was in any less shock. Luckily, it also did not mean that the world was any less likely to help Nepal.

The death toll is estimated to be at 8891, which is not something that I wish to dwell on, as the most important consideration eight months on is the fact that there are still thousands of people who are displaced, homeless, and with minimal aid. UNRCO estimate that there are 2.8 million people in need of assistance. It is a shameful fact that once the media attention eases from a disaster, it is too easy for us to forget what is left. Amongst those who survived are children, left without homes and families. On my holiday to Nepal last April, I met a mother and daughter who owned a laundry shop in the basement of a building in Kathmandu. They also made bracelets, one of which I still wear around my wrist today. When the first quake hit, I could not stop thinking about these two women, the daughter being shy of 13 years old, in their shop below street level. This is not a somber post, but I want you as readers to understand the severity of the aid situation, and to help Nepal.

Girls in Kathmandu, Nepal

Girls in Kathmandu, Nepal

Young girls in Kathmandu, Nepal

Young girls in Kathmandu, Nepal

How Can You Help Nepal?

Enter Sam, Rory, Phil, and Jonathon. Four twenty-somethings from the UK, who on February 3rd 2016 are embarking on a remarkable journey under the title of Taking The High Road. Sam, Rory and Phil will be travelling from Shanghai, China to Kathmandu, Nepal (where Jonathon will be waiting with his sustainable architecture experience), 7000km via Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, and India. Oh, did I mention that they are making this journey on bikes?! As in actual push bikes. They’re cycling. They’re mental, but absolutely incredible human beings.

It goes without saying that you can sponsor this cycle through their website, or sponsor link, to help give them that incentive when their calves are about to explode. However, that’s not the end of it. When they get to Kathmandu, they will begin the second part of their trip to help Nepal. In collaboration with Chora Chori, they hope to build a self-sustaining refuge for young girls who have been forced into slavery and poverty in the aftermath of the quakes. The refuge will provide shelter, food, education, and protection to 20 girls at a time. Chora Chori aims to reunite these girls with their families, before taking in new girls in need, and sustaining their education through university.

Professional, all of the time

Professional, all of the time. Always ready to help Nepal.

Each of these superhero men have training in appropriate fields, which means that the resulting shelter will be earthquake resistant, be equipped with solar panels, a rainwater collection and purification system, and composting toilets, as well as having space for livestock and arable crops. In addition to this, the refuge itself will be made from reclaimed materials collected post-quake with help from Natural Build Ltd., making the building a zero carbon construction.

The route!

The route!

As if you needed any other reason to show these guys support? Find them on Facebook, give their page a like and a share, and please donate any money that you can to help the people of Nepal.

Bhaktapur, Nepal

Bhaktapur, Nepal

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19 Comments

  1. Hi Jess, I’ve never thought of my son as a superhero but what he and his friends are doing is totally heroic! Add to this the fact that they have been tirelessly fundraising and organising for the last few months whilst holding down jobs means that they have already raised almost £15,000. Once they start their trip we will need as many people as possible to follow their progress and share their dream.
    Thank you for helping their cause.

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    • Hi Helen! Thank you for the comment 🙂 It’s fantastic isn’t it?! You must be a very proud mum, I just wish I had the courage and sense to plan something as big and impressive as them! I’ll definitely be avidly following their progress once they’re on the road.

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  2. When I think of Nepal I think of climbing up a big mountain but this shows it’s also pretty. It’s so sad about the earthquake I hope people are starting to get their lives bad together.
    On amother note I just signed up to your newsletter and loved the picture of the grumpy cat lol

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    • I can honestly say that it’s one of my favourite places to visit, I can’t recommend going enough if you have the time! It’s absolutely heartbreaking, but it’s so great that there are people like these guys doing tremendous things!

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  3. Firstly, loving the phrase “balmy jungle”. Also loving this handwritten font. Cute! Secondly, this is awesome. I love the fact that four lads have gotten together to do an epic journey and help out a country on the other side of the world. Humanity is awesome (if not a bit nuts). Thank you for shedding light on the sad facts of Nepal’s current state – so many bloggers shy away from the dark side of travel – and for spreading the awareness of Taking the High Road! All the best to them on their journey!

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    • Thanks Mel! I know, I’m addicted to this font, if only my handwriting actually looked like this! These guys really are great, I wish that there were more people in the world like them, but you’re right: it’s a sad fact that we are so inclined to bury our heads in the sand once the media back away from a disaster like this!

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  4. This is SUCH a great, great, great, great, great thing! <3 So much love and luck to your friends on their incredible journey to/through Nepal. Just wow.

    ALSO THIS FONT KICKS SERIOUS ASS

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    • Ahaha thanks Natasha! I totally love it and wish I could actually write like that, sadly my handwriting is terrible. Thank you!

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  5. What a great cause and thank you for bringing it to my attention.

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    • You’re welcome Sara! Thanks for reading!

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  6. What an awesome story about these guys, I’ll definitely be following they’re journey! Also big fan of the font too!

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    • Thank you Lauren!

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  7. thanks so much for sharing more light on this — all too true about forgetting once media attention dies down. such a cool project, sending so many well wishes their way!

    AND LIKE EVERYONE ELSE SAID THIS FONT IS A BAMF. the dopest.

    xo christina
    http://www.currentlyexploring.com

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    • Hahahahaha thank you! EVERYONE LOVES DA FONT!

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  8. What phenomenal human beings – this sounds like such a great idea. I hope that when they get this beautiful shelter up and running, the idea takes off all around the world to provide safe havens for anyone displaced and vulnerable.

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    • Aren’t they amazing! I just hope that people can get to see what they are doing and follow their journey!

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  9. Biking through Nepal! Wow – now that’s an adventure! Do you think Nepal would be safe for solo female travelers?

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    • Hi Sierra! I definitely think so, when I did it I went with my boyfriend but the people were so friendly. These guys are actually biking not only through Nepal, but also China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, and India – it’s a long and amazing journey followed by building a shelter, they’re amazing!

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  10. Awesome story! I just added Nepal to my bucket list. I cannot wait to go! I am bookmarking this post ::-)

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