“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Bednath Paudel’s Annapurna Organic Coffee and Permaculture Farm is located in the majestic foothills of the Himalayas, in the rural Kalika region of Nepal.
The surrounding village is remote, and there is one water tap to supply clean water for the entire village — it is the gathering place for the locals and provides them clean water for cooking, drinking, cleaning, bathing, and laundry.
In 2012, I had the incredibly good fortune of finding Bednath’s wonderful family to WWOOF with while I was backpacking through Nepal.
I found them on the long list of WWOOF farms and decided to stay with them because of the pleasant email correspondence I shared with Bednath and his son, Binod. They were very excited and informative about their location and village.
When I arrived, I was warmly welcomed by a kind and loving family who accepted me as if I were a relative, and they did the same for all the other WWOOFers of all backgrounds and nationalities passing through.
While helping with farm chores and making runs to the tap, I met other villagers who were shy because of the language barrier, but were kind and accepting of the WWOOFers nonetheless, and curious to find out what they could from us.
I’ll never forget my time in Kalika — the people were vibrant and kind, and I learned so much during my time there — despite any language barriers.
This past April 25th, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook Nepal, crushing homes and destroying so many lives. A severe magnitude 7.3 earthquake followed on May 12th, bringing further chaos to a country in a vulnerable state.
Bednath’s coffee farm is located just west of the epicenter of the two quakes, and the farm and surrounding village suffered terrible loss from the two disasters.
Monsoon season is quickly approaching (due to start this month) and Pokhara and its surrounding area is infamous for heavy rains in the wet season. If the rains begin before Bednath, Binod, and the villagers can begin to rebuild after the earthquake damage, the rains will most likely bring down what remains of their homes and only means of shelter.
With a limited time to find funds to rebuild in a critical time, Binod reached out to me seeking help for his father’s farm, and for his fellow villagers.
So I started this fundraiser in hopes of getting him the funds he and his village need to rebuild before the rains completely destroy any hope.
I know there are a lot of fundraisers going on to try to bring aid to Nepal, but it’ll be a long time before remote villages like Binod’s see any aid resulting from government funded agencies — consider how long it took for the USA’s government to produce results after some of our own natural disasters in the past… and then put that into the context of a developing country like Nepal.
I have a personal connection to this village, and therefore want to give what help I can to a source I know will directly use all of the funding for development and rebuilding — and get it to them as quickly as possible in their time of urgent need. The fundraiser is directly hooked up to Binod’s bank account, and upon completion, the funds will be directly deposited into his account through Indiegogo.
Honestly, any little bit helps. Give a dollar, give a hundred, or just share the link. We live in an age where we are able to reach out and help someone in serious need at little cost or effort on our part… every little bit will help more than you can imagine.
Thank you, from myself, Bednath, Binod, and all of the villagers of the small village in Kalika
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” — Charles Dickens