Where will the money go?

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‘ve been asked this very valid question a few times recently and now that the shop is open and the products are selling I feel that it’s something I can focus on.

Currently I am not working directly with any specific charity in Nepal. What I learnt while I was there is that an inexplicable amount of charity money is siphoned off by the government, so I am wary to just hand over vast sums to anybody via the internet.

My plan is to return to Nepal myself next year and distribute the money raised by buying things that people are in need of, or financially supporting projects.

In particular I’d like to focus on the huge mental health trauma that the earthquake has created. This article from back in May really highlights the huge problem. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/15/nepal-earthquake-mental-health-disaster

I am in a position now, with the project making money, where I can start to contact people and ask questions the gauge situations. That in itself is amazing! We have connections with people we met in Nepal at the time who can help us to understand where money would be best spent.

I will keep everyone updated as to what I find over the coming weeks.
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3 thoughts on “Where will the money go?

  1. Just as food for thought, we have supported this charity for many years in Nepal, I believe they have a pretty good record of getting the money where it is needed
    http://www.canepal.org.uk/
    As an accountant I would say this, but the money side of things can get complicated quickly and they may be able to offer some advice while still allowing you the flexibility to spend the funds where you want.

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