Donations were at $5,700 and growing May 4 in a local fund to help residents of some remote Nepalese villages impacted by the magnitude-7.8 earthquake on April 25. The temblor killed more than 7,000 people.
Founding the fund was a personal imperative for Skip and Nancy Moss of Cambria, who visited that area of Nepal in 2012 for about a month.
Skip Moss said in a series of Facebook posts that “The epicenter of the earthquake was exactly where we were in 2012.” He estimates that a donation of $80 in U.S. funds “provides food and shelter for a family of five to seven people for a month” in Nepal.
Their guide on the trip, Chandra Gurung, lives in a remote village about 30 miles from the epicenter. Gurung told Moss that “many people are hurt and in need of shelter, food and medicine” and many homes, including Gurung’s, were destroyed, as was the rural clinic in which Gurung’s wife worked.
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Moss said Gurung will use the donated funds to buy clothing, tents, food and medicine for remote villages, which he will deliver by walking to those areas.
Moss has lived in Cambria for 31 years and is a contractor, bicyclist and professional photographer. During their trip to Nepal, he took thousands of pictures of the Nepal-ese landscape and the little towns that dot it, photos he displayed later at big-screen showings at the Hearst Castle Theater and several photo exhibitions.
Make donation checks out to Moss, he said, and he’ll send the cash to Gurung via Western Union, which has waived its fees. Moss’ address is 1196 Pineridge Drive, Cambria CA 93428. The donations are not tax deductible, because he does not have a nonprofit organization. He just wants to help.
If donors want photos of Nepal, they should include an email address.