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I am in my tent at Everest Base Camp getting ready for the first acclimatisation rotation up to Camp I and Camp II on an Everest expedition when suddenly the ground starts to shake underneath me. The ground continues to shake violently. The ice of the glacier underneath my tent begins to crush under the pressure. I am afraid that the glacier will break up. Fortunately, after what seems like one minute, the shaking finally stops and I realize that I have experienced a big earthquake. A big disaster has hit the country that I have learned to LOVE so much. I know immediately that I have to stay behind in Nepal to get a better overview of the situation.

For the next two months, I travel around Nepal checking out the situation in the earthquake-damaged areas as well as a few trekking areas, talk with friends and people affected by the damage and work to figure out the best way for me and my friend C.J. Ford to help the earthquake victims with rebuilding Nepal. It is clear to me during my stay that the best way C.J. and I can help our friends in Nepal is to use the models we have learned in business and use them to fundraise in order to rebuild schools, especially in rural areas.

Nepal is full of engaged, resourceful men and women, who want to make a difference in their own country. One group that we will cooperate with is social entrepreneurs that do the same as ourselves and use their business skills to run social projects. Our model for our fundraising will be simple – to ensure that all money raised reaches those in need.

Support our school building project by:

– Donating money to GIITU Nepal, bank account 1503 65 54689.
– Buy a Happy Heart Universe t-shirt made in Nepal by Anuza. $10 USD/ 80 NOK of profit from each t-shirt goes toward our school building project.
Come with us on a trek to Nepal. $120 USD / 1000 NOK of the profit from each trek goes toward our school building project. Send an e-mail to Ingvill@livealifeinmotion.com.

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I get up early in the morning to catch the morning bus from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi. But it isn’t until I am well onboard the local bus that the sound of Nepali music wakes me from my slumber. The bus is packed with people, groceries and animals as local buses in Nepal normally are. I meet my friend and guide ,Babu, at the bus station in Dhading Besi, where we plan to catch a jeep and drive six hours to the upper part of Dhading. We are on our way to the small remote village called Sertun in the Ganesh Himal region to have a look the damages to the schools.

Upon our arrival, we discover that all of the jeeps have already left the city for the day, so we must catch a ride with a truck that is driving to the end station called Darkha Pedhi, where we will start our trek up the valley to our end destination of Sertun. The roads are difficult to drive on and are very bumpy. The truck breaks down two times on the way. I start to think about the consequences the damages to the schools will have on Nepal and how much help they will need to rebuild the 4,000 schools that were damaged in the earthquake. Four thousand schools is a lot of classrooms, libraries and toilets! After six hours of driving on crater-filled roads, we finally reach Darkha Pedhi. After disembarking, we strap on our backpacks and walk 10 hours to reach the village of Sertun.

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Project building cost

The building costs in Sertun for a:

– Classroom is $11,000 USD (100,000 norwegian kroner (NOK))
– Library is $13,000 USD (120,000 NOK)
– Toilet is $1,200 USD (10,000 NOK)

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100% of the money that is donated goes to the project

100% of the profit from the money collected through fundraising activities and from donations will go directly to a project!

We at LiveALifeInMotion.com want to contribute to rebuilding Nepal by raising money to build schools in remote areas that were most affected by the April 25, 2015 earthquake. Both we and our partner, Ram, in Nepal have a model where by 100% of the profit from fundraising activities will go directly to each project. We will organize fundraising activities globally to raise money. And as we are located in both Norway and Chicago, we have different platforms for collecting money. For us, it does not matter where the money is collected – what is most important is that together with your help, we can contribute to building schools in Nepal.

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Support our Project

Our fundraising platform contains of:

GIITU Nepal NGO – established August 19, 2015 in Norway.

It is possible to support our school building project by:
– Donating money to GIITU Nepal, bank account 1503 65 54689.
– Buy a Happy Heart Universe t-shirt made in Nepal by Anuza. $10 USD/ 80 NOK of profit from each t-shirt goes toward our school building project.
Come with us on a trek to Nepal. $120 USD / 1000 NOK of the profit from each trek goes toward our school building project. Send an e-mail to Ingvill@livealifeinmotion.com.

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By supporting us to help the earthquake victims in Nepal, you will also help us to achieve results in another area that is close to our hearts… Creating workplaces in Nepal!

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Ram Sapkota our local partner on the project

Ram Sapkota is one of Nepal’s amazing social entrepreneurs that I admire deeply. The work he does to support the school and health sectors in the rural areas is truly remarkable. I will never forget when I entered Ram’s office in the beginning of May 2015, a week after I returned back to Kathmandu from my Everest expedition. Ram had just returned from his village and the surrounding areas, where he provided food and tents for 3,500 people. On this day in early May, he was back in his office in Kathmandu full of energy and busy with planning the next big project that needed to be done before the monsoon season started… to provide tin metal sheets for the roofs of the temporary houses for an area that contains 2,000 households.

The earthquake catastrophe has motivated Ram to work harder than ever before his countrymen’s social welfare. His motivation for social work is deep and is built upon his own experiences as the son of a poor farmer in the countryside in between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Ram remembers how it was to not have the opportunity to go to school on a regular basis and wants to do all that he can to ensure that the younger generations have the possibilities that he did not.

Ram is well known for his work as a social entrepreneur in Nepal. He won Surya Awards Nepal award for his work as a social entrepreneur in 2011, and Change Fusion Nepal’s prize in 2013. Ram’s for-profit company is Mountain Delight Treks & Expedition. His non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO), Tukee Nepal Samaj, is the entity through which he runs his social projects for the rural communities.

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Anuza Rajbhandari Shrestha our local partner on the t-shirt production

Anuza Rajbhandari Shrestha is one of my best friends and is someone who has a BIG, BIG heart. Anuza is in the startup phase to establish herself as a social entrepreneur and will focus on building her business around women empowerment projects. She and her sister, Alphasa, have their own t-shirt product line called Ekadeshma that they sell in their store in Kathmandu. Anuza and Alphasa are our partners for our t-shirt product line Happy Heart Universe. Ekadeshma is working to expand their business and are in the process of creating their own production line of t-shirts. Since Anuza and her sister are in their startup phase as social entrepreneurs, they have focused on building their business. Just as Ram, Anuza was also busy after the earthquake giving help and support to the villagers outside Kathmandu, who were affected by the damage. Anuza’s heart burns for the people in need. She is involved in a social project, which coordinates the rebuilding of a school for an NGO outside Kathmandu. Instead of establishing an NGO, Anuza and her sister work through NGOs owned by their friends. I am quite sure that Anuza and Alphasa will play an important role in rebuilding Nepal’s future. We look forward to work with them along their journey.

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It is the dawn of a new day in Darkha Pedhi, a remote village in the Himalaya in upper Dhading, Nepal, and the last village with access to a road that can be navigated by car. The farmers from the villages further up the valley have walked for one to two days and are waiting for the trucks with relief material to arrive. It has become urgent for the villagers to get the relief material transported up to their villages, and they have begun carrying the supplies on their backs or using mules for the transportation. There are hundreds of villagers waiting in line to receive the relief material.

My guide ,Babu, and I have breakfast before starting on our ten-hour walk to the destination point for the day, a village further up in the valley called Sertun. It is a beautiful morning on the path we are walking along on the hillside. The murmur of the river breaks through the silence below us. We are in a remote area in Nepal, and the villagers are not used to seeing tourists. I sense their friendliness through our eye contact and the smiles that we exchange. The children are absolutely gorgeous. I do not know how many times I reply with “Namaste” (“Hello”) on this trip to the children I meet on the way. Some of them are far, far away down in the rice field screaming “Namaste” until they receive an answer from me.

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The nature is as absolutely beautiful as it always is up in the green hills in Nepal. We are walking on a lively path with a lot of villagers passing us on their way down to Darkha Pedhi to collect relief material. The rice fields that grow in the terraced hills, which surround us, are green and will soon be harvested. There are 6,000 and 7,000 meter peaks from the Ganesh Himal mountain range in front of us. On the other side of the valley, we can see villages, some of which must be evacuated because they are at high risk of being destroyed during the upcoming monsoon season.

Although I am a foreigner, I feel welcomed among the local people. The houses in many of the small villages I pass are totally damaged from the earthquakes. I cannot describe the feeling I have inside – being surrounded by beautiful nature and people, while at the same time a witness to their destroyed homes.

We reach Serton in the evening after dark. It is now raining and the guesthouse in which we are planning to spend the night is empty and dark. It has been so damaged from the earthquakes that it is no longer habitable, and the owner is now living together with her daughter-in-law nearby outside under a tarp. Babu and I spend the night together with them in their temporary home.

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We get up early next morning to visit the school. The children are being taught in damaged school buildings, temporary metal (tin) sheds or outside in the open space. It is devastating to see the conditions the children must learn under and the damages to the school.

Support our school building project by:

– Donating money to GIITU Nepal, bank account 1503 65 54689.
– Buy a Happy Heart Universe t-shirt made in Nepal by Anuza. $10 USD/ 80 NOK of profit from each t-shirt goes toward our school building project.
Come with us on a trek to Nepal. $120 USD / 1000 NOK of the profit from each trek goes toward our school building project. Send an e-mail to Ingvill@livealifeinmotion.com.

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