My first trip to Nepal was directly after the massive Earthquakes in 2015. I had planned to trek, but having been drawn to this type of service work already, the call came to show up and serve in whatever capacity was needed. The Universe guided me so kindly upon my arrival to meet a local amongst the chaos of the scene in Kathmandu. Without question, beyond fear, and in a complete state of surrender and love after my first yoga training in India, we went and bought medical supplies and headed to a small village near Gorkha, which had been the epicenter of the earthquake. The Damage was apparent. After spending 10 days in the village caring for some medical needs, supporting the village with smiles, hugs, presence, and an ear to listen.
It was clear that the village just needed a foreign presence to feel heard and seen after the trauma they had experienced. The villages more material needs were homes and supplies. After exiting the country, I was able to immediately raise and send funds to the trustworthy local who received and implemented the project of labor, supplies, and production of enough tin for 123 temporary homes, over $10,000.00; the project was called Love, Light, & Heal Nepal. A year later, I went back to the village and they walked me through, proud and in joy, showing me each new shelter that they resided in, all 123 temporary homes were standing. It is in the small things that build love; this is success, taking immediate action where you see a need.
The homes that we built in 2015 were made of tin and were only supposed to be temporary structures. The intention is to return to Nepal in 2019 and return to the local village and surrounding villages with supplies to build more permanent and sustainable structures, as well as, supplies for the children and local schools. Education on breath practices and balanced health will be provided while in the village.