Our friend Tsechu Dolma just returned back to NYC from Nepal. She was on the ground visiting rural districts that have widespread destruction and very little access. Tsechu is apart of ACHA Himalayan Sisterhood, a group supported by Everest Awakening, who is on the ground raising funds for 'rebuilding a resident Nepal, highlighting gender and rural vulnerability.'

Here is the crowd rise fundraising link for ACHA: https://www.crowdrise.com/acharebuildingresiliencefund

Here is Tsechu's Op Ed for NBC news about how to strategize and give for Nepal.:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/oped-giving-money-easy-heres-what-nepal-really-needs-n353226

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Our dear friend, Nepalese singer, Raju Lama's home of Sindupalchok, was one of the hardest hit areas of the earthquake in April in Nepal. He has created a relief fund to get money directly to the people and children of his hometown, and hopes to be able to go himself to Nepal when he has raised enough funding here. 

He writes on his fundraiser page:

"Sindupalchok, the place of my birth and childhood remains in rubbles, almost the entire village has been flattened, there are dead bodies still lying around and all I can imagine is people screaming in pain. An earthquake can shake the earth but not our hopes and aspirations, "we will rebuild".

I have pledged to support Sinduplachok in its effort to recover and rebuild. I take this pledge with the confidence that my friends, family, fans and everyone out there will stand with me in this moment of need. I request you to please spare some time and donate whatever you can, together we can overcome any challenge."

http://www.gofundme.com/rajulama

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A beautiful video of Tenzin Choegyal and Nepalese musician Shyam Nepali

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Tenzin and Jesse on David Garland's Spinning On Air

http://www.wnyc.org/story/tenzin-choegyal-compassionate-voice-tibet/

"This program was recorded before the April 25th earthquakes that affected Nepal, Tibet, and elsewhere. On April 28th Tenzin wrote on his Facebook page, "I have been getting loads of mail about how my friends in art and music world could be of support for Nepal and beyond. Small thing that you could do is a Home Concert 'for Nepal with love' Home Concert or a Dinner and (funds raised) from that could be directed through a reliable Org. Small yet effective way, just a gathering of your friends. Strong believer of 'from little things big things grow.'"

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Written by Kesang Sherpa:

What will funds be used for?  Now that monsoon is here and mosquito season will be on us soon, we plan to distribute specifically mosquito nets, anti bacterial wipes, and insect repellents. This will be in addition to whatever tarps we can get hold of (as there is short supply we are thinking of making our own DIY shelters), food supplies such as rice, dal, noodles and biscuits, basic medicine and anti bacterial wipes, and our special baby and mother packages which has among other things, a torchlight, a special size tarp, warm hats and socks and a carry all bag. With the help of a local women's group, in the coming days, Kesang plans to mobilize help to the villages unreached by government and international aid. Most Nepali villagers whose houses have been reduced to rubble are still sleeping outdoors. As  they will have to live in the open for another at least 6 months to a year, we think it will be a good idea to include mosquito nets and insect repellent creams, and prevent further suffering. As there are thousands of little hill villages inaccessible by road, it will be impossible for the government or aid organizations to reach each one. So we are taking help to them, especially to the most vulnerable - that is, mothers with young babies, and the elderly, and those who have suffered massive losses and have family members in hospital with critical injuries - and who therefore are unable to drop down to the towns/centers where limited government relief is being distributed.   

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Kesang Sherpa has been distributing relief materials with a special focus on special packages for mothers with young babies since Day 3 after the earthquake on April 25th 2015. Even till Day 6 there was no presence of government or foreign aid organizations. So a lot of families have been fed, and kept warm, especially mothers with young babies. All this was made possible through donations from concerned friends around the world. She could not bear to see the suffering of those around her and decided to do something about it.  

Nepal consists of thousands of villages in the hilly and rural country sides,  and even though government and international aid has started trickling in, it is not reaching the areas that are hard to reach.  So it still seems very necessary to keep individual relief efforts going. There are just so many people in need of help and it's out of the scope or reach of the government and aid agencies, as they are relying on the police and army to help with the relief work.

Kesang has been working in tandem with a local women's group on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu and this has proved more effective than working with police or army or the government.  Women know who are the most vulnerable, which family has children, of what age, the state of the elderly, and their specific needs.