(Newsdesk) While many aid organizations assume that food and shelter had been distributed to every family in Nepal, that is not the case, reports Don Bowie. He and his team are still working in the mountains. Don explains why.
Remote Manaslu area
Just recently his team discovered a group of people in a remote Manaslu area who had received little or no aid. What they found was a quiet group of people that had inadequate shelter, hardly any food and some were in dire need of medical attention.
Watch the video Don posted about the people who had "no animosity as our team came in to see what they needed, just gratitude that we had taken the time to find them."
Larke La Pass
On July 9th Don reported that the Larke La pass (5100m) is open, assuring there will be a steadier flow of supplies with donkeys coming into the remote villages of the Manaslu region, which had been completely cut off from ground travel for weeks.
In this video Vibeke explains the process to open the pass and access the villages.
Members in Don’s Remote Access Operations team: Cody Tuttle, Scott Rogers, Tiffany Junge and Vibeke Andrea Sefland.
Scams vs Real Help
Sent over from Adrian Hayes, who spent months boots-on-the-ground sharing his help and skills in remote villages, a new blog post, The Great Charity Scam.
"A recent undercover operation by the UK’s Daily Mail has revealed a shoddy practice employed by most of the charity giants of their call centres using voracious cold calling methods to raise money for their organizations. […] Yet behind this face, hundreds of volunteer groups did the work that needed to be done, which the giants couldn’t hope to manage, at their own expense, time and efforts - a number of whom I worked with on my own quest."
Previous on Exweb
Nepal Quake Update: Chased by the Monsoon and What Happened to the Aid?
Climbers' Nepal Earthquake Update: Thoughts From the Ground
Links to climbers charities
Don Bowie’s website
Don’s More Than Sport Nepal Charity
Davide Peluzzi (Explora Nunaat International) and Himalayan guides Migma G. T. Sherpa and Phurba T. Sherpa, ambassadors of the Everest Summiters Club for Rolwalding
Adventure Consultants Sherpa Fund
Kim Bannister and Kamzang Earth Quake Relief
Alex Gavan Nepal Fund