We live a life of great fortune. Beautiful healthy family, well fed, a home that could accommodate several, health benefits, heating, education, good wine……..the list just goes on and on and still, on even further. There is not often we get the opportunity to REALLY help others. I often do a gratuitous donation here and there and I’m happy I’m in the position to be able to do so, but it’s nice to be able to offer a little more. We’ve both toyed with the idea of doing some volunteering abroad over the years and now Mr ATMT (Geoff) is being joined by our son (David) to go to Nepal in March of 2019 to be part of a team who assist rebuilding homes for the hundreds of thousands who suffered devastation in the earthquakes of 2015.
The following pictures convey just a tiny fraction of the impact the earthquake had on Nepal.
World Vision Reported:
“A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, toppling multi-story buildings in Kathmandu, the capital, and creating landslides and avalanches in the Himalaya Mountains. Nearly 9,000 people died and more than 22,000 suffered injuries. It was the deadliest earthquake in the seismically active region in 81 years.
The quake was followed by hundreds of aftershocks, and only 17 days later, there was another major quake, a magnitude-7.3 temblor. Thirty-nine of the nation’s 75 districts with a population of 8 million people — about a third of the national population — were affected. Hundreds of thousands of people lost everything and faced extreme poverty. More than 600,000 homes were destroyed and more than 288,000 were damaged in the 14 worst-hit districts. The quakes’ strongest impact was in remote rural areas, making the response extremely challenging.
Humanitarian organizations responded quickly to the disaster with search and rescue teams and immediate aid deliveries. Work is still underway to rebuild schools, health clinics, houses, livelihoods, and to help families and communities gain more resilience to environmental shocks”.
People are still relying on makeshift accommodation and facilities.There is no way known my dodgy hands would be able to cope with offering building prowess for this, so I’m offering support from home by running a sourdough class (or 2 or 3 if numbers are warranted) where the entire takings are going to the fundraising component of this venture. I am putting every single dollar from my November Sourdough Baking Classes into the coffers. I am also offering 10 gift vouchers for classes where 50% of the value will go to the fundraising. This means that the cost of your class or voucher can be claimed as a taxable donation! If you are interested in attending a November class or purchasing a gift voucher send me a message or email me before you commit to ensure you get the taxable receipt.
Aren’t children amazing with their resilience?
Just a bit of area covered!
It is extremely difficult to imagine how people endure such levels of devastation and loss and sadly we just keep on hearing more and more about it happening globally. Is it because of our high level of connectivity we hear about it, or is it really on the increase do you think? Regardless, if we can toss in a bit of support, all the better.
Geoff (Mr ATMT aka Dad) has selected the Habitat for Humanity program as his preferred focus. Heaven knows, there are so many worthy programs and causes it becomes a matter of just picking one and going for it. We fund travel, accomodation and personal expenses but fundraising needs to be done for contributions towards building materials, technical assistance and ongoing support.
If you would like to offer some financial support to their team feel free to make a donation of any amount by going here to Team Dad N Dave.
Please share and if you know of anyone who may be interested in doing a sourdough class please let me know.
Here’s to a few more people having their very own roof over their heads!