Dear Friends and Supporters,
In these devastating days after the Earthquake in Nepal and surrounding we have been able to be in touch with some of our friends and artisan groups in Nepal. Although conditions are more than difficult and very frightening, they have not suffered any fatalities or serious injuries, but it is difficult to get through all the information, especially from those who live in the surrounding villages. Our thoughts are with everyone.
We all have the feeling of wanting to help those in need, but not knowing for sure how to reach them.
Through our friends in Kathmandu who have experience working in major aid agencies, mostly International Committee of the Red Cross, we feel we have a network we can trust to channel funds and aid to the people and places it's needed most, without the substantial risk of those funds being wasted through corruption or inefficiency.
We are supporting and co-ordinating our relief efforts through an english woman, Alison Marston, who was born and lives in Kathmandu and has the connections, skills and reputation needed to be wholly effective. She is supported by many other friends and organisations who recognise her teams ability and integrity.
Her support chain starts here in London with The Bulldog Trust (Registered Charity No. 1123081 Registered Company No. 06510777), an established, trusted UK charity who forward ALL raised funds to her tightly controlled organisation in Kathmandu, which Alison manages entirely.
Anna is due to head out to Kathmandu soon and whilst we hope to be able to work on our collection and see things get back to normal, we know there will surely be the overwhelming atmosphere of a country dealing with this huge disaster. We will be following up, co-ordinating and reporting back on the work Alison and her team are carrying out.
We've been in contact with our good friends from other brands who work in Nepal and we want to unite in our efforts together and hope by doing so we can build a bigger fund and more effectiveness on the ground.
We are forming a group called 'Brand Aid' and appealing to all those who have a connection to Nepal. Some of you have clothing Brands, some have shops who sell our brands, some of you wear our brands or maybe have been to Nepal for trekking or holidays or have a Nepali or Tibetan friend ...maybe you just feel you want to do something to lend support to them.
For all of you who want to show support for them - we want to be stronger together and to show the people there that we are thinking of them and ready to help them in their time of need.
We will be sending regular news updates of what projects and people we are reaching.
Please join us and contribute to bring effective relief and to help rebuild their lives in Nepal.
Thank you for your support,
Anna, Julia and Katelyn
Please help us by making a donation now.
This page has been set up to accept donations for the relief and rebuilding of Nepal following the disaster in April 2015. Donations are being collected via the charitable trust, The Bulldog Trust. Please contact Head of grants and philanthropy, Alison Marston at 020 7240 6044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
When you make a donation, don't forget to check the Gift Aid box if you're a UK taxpayer as the charity can claim an extra 25% from the government