The Country That Shook products have been available to purchase for a month now!
Sales have been steadily coming in with great responses both from online customers and sales made in person in the UK. The books have been received very well – we have had so many kind comments about both the illustration style and the story itself.
We have sold well over 150 books so far! Added to the Kickstarter rewards, that total rises to almost 250.
And then, combined with the sales from the screen-printed T-shirt and the A2 Print the total money raised so far is over
I don’t have exact figures because there are a good few people around the country who are selling copies on my behalf everyday. Every penny is being counted and added on!
This is incredible for the first month of sales, but we still have 1000 books to be enjoyed and to raise money for people who still have very very little in Nepal, struggling with their daily lives.
Plus there is this small thing called Christmas on the horizon – do you know anyone who might appreciate it as a present?
If you have any new or different ideas about how to share the project, please do! It really is incredible how people have connected with it and support it… it’s just a case of spreading the word now!
I‘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.