Last summer my daughter went to teach in a school in Kathmandu. I freaked out over Japanese encephalitis, rabies, malaria, food poisoning, loneliness, smog – I worried about everything. I even posted her a food parcel ( it never arrived). One thing I wasn’t too worried about was earthquakes. It’s just not really on our agenda to worry about earthquakes, is it? I mean, I checked the foreign office website but they didn’t say ‘don’t travel, earthquake imminent’. And daughter didn’t tell me about the earthquake drills they had when they arrived. I was blind to that particular risk. I just assumed she’d be safe from major natural disasters.
And she was.
But she might not have been.
Had my beautiful, kind, feisty, funny, brilliant daughter been there a few months later, she might have been caught up in the devasting trauma the country is now suffering from. My daughter, and all her wonderfulness, is safe. But there are other daughters and sons and mothers and brothers and uncles and cousins and sisters who are not.
Thankfully, despite a nearby temple being completely destroyed, the children and staff of HPV Central are fine, for now. They are amazing and resilient people but they are living in devastation. They need water and sanitation. They need to clear up. They need our help. They need your money.
You can give to the charity that my daughter worked for last year, HVP Nepal.
You can give to the Disasters Emergency Committee
Or you could consider bidding on one of the Authors For Nepal offers. Mine is for a character name in my book, plus a signed copy of More of Me, plus an interview on this blog. Please have a look and consider bidding . All the money will go to help people in need in Nepal – I’ll even pay the ebay fees . There are lots of other offers there too – some for mentoring, some for signed books – all sorts of authory things.
UPDATE12/05/15: The BBC are reporting another serious earthquake to the East of Kathmandu
UPDATE 16/05/15: Authors for Nepal have rasied over £10,000 thank you, thank you! Keep at it, my offer ends in 10 hours.
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