By Tyler Houck
Nepal – land of never-ending peace, love, ancient cultures, friendly people, and spectacular mountains and rivers. That is how the Wet Planet family has come to know this great country filled with wonderful people. As you might have read in earlier blog posts, throughout the last few years many of the Wet Planet staff (Tyler, Libby, Tony, John, Hayley, Jaco, Katie, Rocha, Drew, Todd) have spent time working, traveling, and kayaking throughout the majestic Himalayan mountains and hills, growing a strong connection with this stunningly beautiful country and its kind people.
When the earthquake struck Nepal –a land already poised on the edge of topographic instability– it struck our hearts deeply. We are hurting for our Nepali brothers and sisters affected by this powerful force of nature and want to extend a helping hand as best as we can. It is our duty to do all we can to help support those affected.
We are collecting donations that will be given directly to our good friends at Paddle Nepal, a whitewater outfitter based in Pohkara where multiple Wet Planet guides have worked over the years. Paddle Nepal has ceased all river operations and is currently utilizing all of their resources (guides, vehicles, etc) to help get much-needed supplies to villages and people affected by the earthquake. Our goal is to support our Nepali friends in their time of need by collecting donations and giving them directly to Paddle Nepal. By sending donations directly to Paddle Nepal, we are making sure that our donation efforts will be in the hands of people we trust and will be distributed directly to the people involved in the relief efforts. 100% of the donations collected will be used to provide urgently necessary food, water, shelter, and medical supplies before the rapidly approaching monsoon season. The monsoons will start in roughly a month and will push the already chaotic scene in Nepal into an even more difficult struggle for both the people of Nepal and those trying to help. Those of us at Wet Planet and the people of Nepal greatly appreciate any contribution, small or large, that you can make!
How can you make a donation?
- Next time you visit Wet Planet, please leave your donation when checking in for your trip or class.
- Send us check or cash – Wet Planet, p.o. box 1980, White Salmon, WA 98672, attn Tyler Houck. Be sure to include a note that it is for the Nepal Fundraiser and who its from.
- Click this link to make a direct donation. Be sure to include the following text “NEPAL RELIEF – PADDLE NEPAL”. This is a trusted organization and every rupee will be allocated to where it is needed most.
Thank you and we hope to see you on the river soon.
Tyler Houck – Passionate kayaker, world traveler, Assistant River Manager at Wet Planet. Has been working with Wet Planet since 2008.