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A dear friend of mine goes to Nepal 3 times a year to trek. She happened to be there, caught up in the recent earthquake. She made the courageous decision to stay on and help the people of this beautiful, yet humble country, that she has fallen in love with.

Sadly, she tells me that all of the aid money from major reputable charities such as Red Cross are not really getting through to those on the ground. She is on the ground. Together with the international mix of friends she has made there, they are doing everything they can to help the local Nepalese people. Despite what all the news channels are saying, despite all the large donations pledged by governments and charities, they have not received anything on the ground, and the situation is getting dire. They are having to rescue trapped people by themselves. Bring them to hospital by themselves.

What they really need now is money. Please don’t send food or other things. It can be really hard to distribute. With the money, the locals can buy what they really need. Not what some aid agency or the government think they need. By the way, it’s such a scandal, but I don’t think the Nepalese government can be trusted. They have actually refused aid from Taiwan – a country which is actually very well-equipped and experienced in earthquakes to help them – because they want to please China, who is also offering them aid. If they really put the lives of their own countrymen first, why refuse any aid at all? That’s just my opinion.

My friend’s group has set up an online donation portal that will accept any amount of donations. Really, every little counts, so please do not let any small amount you are able or willing to give stop you. You don’t even have to publicise your donation or the amount. If you donate through this online portal, you can tick the checkbox under the box where you type your donation amount, labelled “Cacher le montant aux autres participants”, and it will hide the amount you donate from public, so nobody need know other than yourself.

My friend and her friends are all just doing this out of the kindness of their own hearts. They are not affiliated to any charities or government organisations (profit or non-profit). We are all looking for the one meaningful direction we should take with our life path, and my friend has found her’s at this moment. There is no catch. Just a sincere wish to help because that is more meaningful than chasing a career ladder or earning the next paycheque.

If you’ve read up to here, thank you for your time. I hope you will donate, but if you can’t, please at least just pray for the people and do everything you can to spread this message and encourage your contacts to donate. The online donation portal is here. If link doesn’t work, then copy and paste this into your browser window to load the website up : https://www.leetchi.com/c/aider-les-nepalais-avec-benjamin

Thank you once again!

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