Your donation to The Mountain Institute will help them provide vital relief for Nepal's hardest hit areas. With projects in Rasuwa, Dhading, and Gorkha, TMI has been working for years to better the lives of the people and environment there.
From TMI: We are now getting more information on conditions in Nepal. Our heartfelt thanks if you have already made a donation. If you haven’t, please consider making a donation today.
The Mountain Institute's most urgent priority is to reach several villages close to the quake's epicenter in the districts of Rasuwa, Dhading, and Gorkh, where we have been working with farmers to grow medicinal and aromatic plants for years. We have little or no information from these very remote communities, but the earliest reports are that entire villages have been leveled. Some have been further isolated by landslides and avalanches.
With your generous contribution, we will deploy reconnaissance teams as quickly as possible to gather firsthand information in these villages. Starting out from district headquarters and in coordination with our partner organizations, the teams will take emergency supplies and will walk from village to village. Their mission will be to assess damage, take stock of what people need right away, and determine what assistance they will need over the next months and even years.
Our secondary priority is to reach communities in the districts Sankhuwasabha, Solukhumbu and Taplejung, and also districts where we have worked in the past, including Ilam, Panchthar, and Humla, as we receive more information.
The trips to the highest-priority areas would be a four- to six-day walk under normal conditions. We expect it to take longer due to damaged and blocked roads and trails. Time is short--the monsoon season will begin in June, and rural people will need sufficient shelter.
With our long history, deep connections, and extensive networks in some of Nepal's most remote regions, The Mountain Institute is uniquely qualified to ensure that resources have maximum impact and that assistance reaches the communities that need it.