In 2011, Building Bridges traveled to Nepal with 12 volunteers to construct a medical clinic/community center in an impoverished mountain region of the Himalayas. It was an experience that changed us all forever, and we built lifelong connections with the village of Gerkhu, which treated us as their own family.
Click here for a blog post from 2011 by one of our volunteers describing his experience and containing photos.
While the earthquake that struck on April 25 virtually leveled the capital city of Kathmandu four hours to the South, it also had wide-ranging effects on other parts of the country, including Gerkhu. We are still gathering information about the damage and casualties in Gerkhu, but based on early reports the property damage was extensive and lives were lost.
The unfortunate reality is that immediate relief efforts are focused on Kathmandu and it may be months or years until the more remote regions of Nepal receive any aid whatsoever. Building Bridges is by no means an international relief organization, but we are well connected with organizations and individuals on the ground in Nepal and we know that all funds will go directly to where they are needed most. We are in direct contact with several people in the village of Gerkhu who have been affected and we are committed to helping to get supplies to them.
If you have been wondering how you can help, but are not sure where you should donate so that your hard-earned money actually goes to people in need, please consider supporting our friends in Gerkhu. We will ensure all funds go directly to relief and rebuilding lost infrastructure. Please click here to donate today to help us get vital supplies to Gerkhu. Thank you!!
Building Bridges Worldwide, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, so all donations are fully tax deductible. Thank you in advance for your support.