Two years ago my partner Katie and myself started planning two, three month trips to Nepal to volunteer for medical rescue posts high in the Himalayas. In September 2014 I made my first trip to this, the most amazing country and fell in love with the place, the culture and most of all the people. Everyone made us feel welcome from Kathmandu to the valleys of the Khumbu. We worked for three months in the tiny village of Machermo, treating dozens of sick and injured locals and trekkers alike. I was made to feel humble by a population who on the surface have so little, but yet give so much.
Returning to the UK in December I missed everything about Nepal and couldn’t wait to return in February. So much so, that landing back at Kathmandu airport on February 28th felt like coming home.
Since then Katie, Andy, Renee and myself along with the amazing HRA team of Gobi, Thaneshwar and Jeet have been running the Rescue Post and Clinic in Pheriche. We have become a family in an amazing community, treating locals, porters, trekkers and climbers from Everest.
On Saturday, as you all now know, our world changed; it literally came tumbling down around us, block by block. Friends have lost their businesses and homes; many others have lost brothers, sisters and some cases whole families. We have all been affected in some way.
At some point, Katie, myself and the rest of the team can go home. Gobi, Thaneshwar and Jeet on the other hand will return to their homes and try and piece life back together.
The country I love has been torn apart on so many levels. In order to help in some small way, I will give the profits made from any print sales from my Nepal collections to help in the Earthquake relief and the rebuilding of this amazing country. It’s only a small gesture, but together with many other small gestures we can make a huge difference here.
To buy a print and help rebuild Nepal, click here…