* All the pictures and videos used in the video above were taken by me on my trip to India.
Update 2: *** 2/25/14 Thank you to everyone who helped make this campaign a success! With your help, three houses will be constructed, for a total estimated cost of $25,000! The houses will include one room, one kitchen, and one toilet. Two houses are to be completed by March 2014. The construction of the third one will begin when the family submits their land documents. Check out the Gallery tab for pictures of the houses! Many thanks to the Kriya Yoga Institute for making this happen.
Update 1: ***9/8/13 Great News, we had an unexpected last minute change. The end date of our campaign is now extended until October 20th.This is a rare opportunity. Let's try to reach our goal!!!!
How it all started:
This summer, my family and I packed our bags and traveled across the world to Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, India. We were actually one of the 40 other people from around the globe, attending a 2 week retreat held by Kriya Yoga Institute, in their ashram in the Himalayas.
From the minute we arrived, there was a constant downfall of rain. Two days into our trip, the Ganga's water level rose drastically; the river was becoming more and more powerful. The situation became so severe, that the bridge we crossed to get to the ashram was wiped away! We were stuck. Finally, nine days later some villagers helped our group (40 outsiders) cross a deadly trail to reach a location where we were rescued by an Indian army helicopter.
If it weren't for these villagers we wouldn't have been able to get out. I'm forever grateful for them. They put their own lives at risk to help us, whom they've never met, and they weren't even asking anything in return. I'm also grateful for the Indian army. They sent helicopters to rescue us and many other villagers.
For more on the story visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-23095732
For an informational video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-23310447
The devastation of the flooding:
What my group went through was close to nothing compared to the villagers scattered throughout the Himalayas.
It is reported that thousands are dead, and over 5,000 people are missing (BBC News). Many have lost their homes and loved ones.
This was the worst flash flood in 80 years. The river took everything in its path. Houses, land, and people were all washed away by the power of the Ganga.
What the Villagers need:
They need as much as they can get! Imagine LOSING EVERYTHING, well that's their reality. Paramahamsa Prajnanananda once said, "…adopt the attitude that everyone in this world belongs to one family..." So, let's help our family!!
With your help and contributions, we will revive these villagers’ lives by building new homes and providing food and supplies. Here are the estimated costs:
- $8,500 to build one house
- $20 to feed one person for 10 days
The goal is to build about 10 houses and provide food for the villagers. That's why I set my goal of raising $108,000. I hope that each one of you will make this your personal goal as well and help me as much as you can.
I'm not the only one behind this project. A special thank you goes to my mom, who suggested the fundraising idea and supervises the project and to Kriya Yoga Institute for referring me to the Indiegogo website.
IMPORTANT: All funds raised will be deposited directly on the Kriya Yoga Institute bank account through this Indiegogo website. The Kriya Yoga Institute is a nonprofit institution registered as 501(c)(3) in the United States. All donations are tax deductible.
A list of the names of people who donated and the amount will also be sent to Kriya Yoga Institute.
The Kriya Yoga Institute will plan and supervise the construction of the houses of the Uttarkashi people, through its affiliated institution, Prajanana Mission.
Other ways you can help:
For those of you who do not have the means to donate, you can still help!
- SPREAD THE WORD!!!! By Facebook, email, twitter, etc…
- Personally tell your friends, family, and colleagues about this campaign.
- Use the share tools at the top of the page.
- Like us on Facebook at Uttarkashi Relief Fund
If we don't meet our goal (I have faith that we will) all the funds raised will still be sent to the Uttarkashi people.
I thank everyone in advance that has helped me thus far and will in the future. Thank you for donating and spreading the word!!!!
If you have any questions contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org