When the quake struck Nepal on 25 April this year, we reached out to our travellers for help. Our target was $40,000. A pretty serious amount of money, but within 6 hours we were well past it. After a few weeks we were sitting at $300,000, with another $100,000 chipped in from Intrepid itself.
The money went to our not-for-profit, The Intrepid Foundation, who passed it on to PLAN International, a global children’s charity that was working with families on the ground in Nepal, providing much needed shelter, sanitation and education.
Now, four months on from the quake, we thought we’d take stock and show you exactly where your money went (you generous travellers, you).
Through your donations, PLAN was able to create safe spaces for over 12,000 children, along with 166 temporary learning centres. Nepalese kids were given school bags and classroom supplies and existing schools were retrofitted to withstand future quakes.
Although 25,000 classrooms were destroyed by the earthquake, your donations went a long way to getting Nepalese education back on track.
“In any disaster, it is always children who are the most vulnerable. For the youngest kids, especially, it can be difficult to understand and cope with the upheaval that a powerful earthquake can bring. And the second earthquake mid-month revives all their initial fears, and that can be tough to process,” says Mattias Bryneson, Plan Nepal Country Director.
“But children also have a voice and they have answers. As adults, we often assume that we know best and that we already know what children need in the face of disaster. But frequently when we ask children themselves, their needs and concerns are not what we expect.”
In the months after the earthquake, PLAN also supplied 32,300 tarpaulins, plus ropes, blankets, mattresses and mosquito bed nets for families forced to sleep in the open. Altogether, your donations helped reach over 147,800 people in need of support, including more than 61,800 children.
The immediate emergency for Nepal has past, but the challenge the country faces now is perhaps even more important: getting travellers to come back. Tourism is the country’s largest industry, employing around 5% of the population. Without trekkers, the country suffers.
Intrepid Travel will be donating 100% of its profits from Nepal trips in the 2015/16 season to on the ground projects supported by The Intrepid Foundation. That means that every step travellers take through Nepal is directly benefiting those affected by the quake. Money raised will go to PLAN International, as well as other major NGO partners like WWF.
To learn more about our partner charities, or Intrepid’s Namaste Nepal appeal, click here.