Today I got a message from Nim, who I haven’t seen yet because she is in the district of Dolakha. She had an important matter to discuss. In order to convey the weight of the situation, I have reprinted her message in full:
Put in safe place my vodka.
Hope earthquake doesn’t shake.
I don’t mind shaking me but I want my vodka safe.
This is the woman who climbed Everest when she was 17, and then the other 6 summits over the next 6 years. I take everything she says seriously. I’ve put padding around her vodka bottle.
In other matters concerning the rebuilding of Nepal – here’s the deal. We wanna build 2 permanent bamboo schools in the Sindhupalchowk District (10 classrooms) before monsoon season hits in July. Making education available to kids (especially girls) is the BEST WAY to ensure they don’t get seduced by traffickers, who are rampant in Nepal in this post disaster period.
It’s going to cost 10K – which we need to raise in two weeks. This leaves two weeks to build before the rain starts pelting down. It’s a hefty ask, but it can happen if a lot of you give just a little. Your donations will be 100% tax deductible. CLICK HERE for more info. Please make sure you mark your donation with the words MAYA so the money comes to us.
In the meantime, I just heard that I’m going to be in charge of teaching people how to build temporary shelters and classrooms. I have no idea how to do this, so I am certain the girls are playing a practical joke on me – and the villagers. At 7am tomorrow we are heading to Sindhupalchowk District to and utilize my skills in being bossy. Apparently that characteristic is very useful in these times.