Written by: Heather Fontaine
Photo credit: Andi Schmidt
Kathmandu. When you hear the name you probably think of Buddhist temples, yoga, and Bob Seger. I know I do. It is the largest metropolis in the Himalayan hill region and it is rich in culture, history, and art. It has also been ravaged by both time, and recent natural disaster. Wind back your clock three years and a few months; it's April 25th, 2015. A singular 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. Nearly 9,000 people lost their lives, and 22,000 more were injured. Aftershocks continued for days afterwards, some nearly as severe as the quake itself. The municipality of Nepal did everything they could to save lives, and minimize the damage.
The aftereffects of that tragic day still plague the picturesque landscape, and its many denizens
Numerous beautiful and culturally significant places crumbled that day, leaving 3.5 million citizens homeless. The total damages were in the neighborhood of 10 billion USD. Fast forward to 2018 if you will. A lot has been done in this time. Many homes, and historic buildings have been saved or rebuilt. Sadly, not every Kathmandu resident can say they are no longer affected, that they have roofs over their heads again.
That's where we come in! As it was voted by the staff of Canyon County Habitat For Humanity, our Board of Directors are donating this year's tithe to the continued earthquake relief effort in Kathmandu. We have reached out to our sister affiliate in Nepal, and have been working on how best to utilize this generous contribution. We have done a lot of good for people in our little corner of this big blue and green world, and I don't know about you, but I feel it's immensely satisfying to be able to help people elsewhere too. So thank you so much, my dear Board of Directors for this opportunity, we literally can't do this without you guys!
Canyon County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. We believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities.