The “Joy for Nepal” campaign: Construction of the first two schools was completed. From the funds donated by the Romanians in 2015, the construction of a third school began.

Two years after the start of the “Joy for Nepal” campaign (1), in which more than 36,000 people responded to the appeal of the Romanian Himalayan climber Alex Găvan, the construction of the two schools was completed and more that 150 Nepalese children started their classes. Moreover, due to the responsible manner in which the funds were managed, the construction of a third unit, financed by the funds donated by the Romanians, was also started.

106,576 EUR was the amount donated under the humanitarian campaign “Joy for Nepal”. Construction work was carried out through Karuna-Shechen, a humanitarian organization founded by Matthieu Ricard. The two schools have been built in isolated and disadvantaged communities, replacing those totally destroyed by the earthquake.

“After surviving the earthquake and then the Everest avalanche, two years ago, on my birthday, I had a great dream: to rebuild the hope and bring back the joy to the children of Nepal. Today, exactly two years later, the circle is closed. Three schools built from scratch and a new chance for hundreds of children. I take a bow to you!”– Alex Găvan

The schools are built from environmental-friendly materials, classes are soundproofed and quality-enhancing, encouraging students to continue their studies. Furthermore, the buildings comply with safety standards and are earthquake proof. Each school has eight classes and is built according to a standard project approved by the Nepalese Government.

 

The first school is located 135 km from the capital of Kathmandu, in Satdobato village, Gorkha district. It lies close to the earthquake epicenter, in Manaslu – 8156 m area, a summit which Alex Găvan climbed back in 2011. Forty-one children are studying here, most of them Dalits, the cast of the untouchables. Karuna Schechen estimates the number of students will increase by the end of the year. Total construction cost: 33,663.73 Euro.

“Visiting the construction site of the Satdobato School and meeting the children and their parents was one of the most meaningful moments of my life. All the effort, energy, time and huge challenges turned into pure joy. Manaslu – 8156m, one of the peaks it took the most tremendous effort for me to climb. Manaslu, the area at the epicenter of the earthquake. Manaslu, a place of many Dalits – the untouchables – the people hardest hit by the earthquake and by our own prejudices. This is where we chose to have the first school built.”– Alex Gavan

The second school is 190 km far from Kathmandu, in the village of Tekanpur, Okhaldunga district. Here, 111 children come to study every day. Most of them are ethnic Rai, Tamang and Sherpa. Total construction cost: 34,206.61 Euro.

The estimated initial cost per school amounted to 51,000 Euro. Due to exchange rate fluctuation between Euro, US Dollar and the Nepalese Rupee and the way the works were handled, the costs were lower and money was saved, with a remaining balance of 34,325.72 Euro. Thus, the construction of a new school in the area of the holly mountain of Gaurishankar (7.181 m) was started. It lies in the village of Lakaiguan, Dolakha district, 170 km far from Kathmandu. The school is now 70% completed and it will accommodate over 100 children aged 6 to 14.

“Dear friends from Romania, I am extremely happy to let you know that thanks to the wonderful generosity of the Romanian citizens inspired by my dear friend Alex Găvan, I can tell you that due to the good management of the funds, a third school is already being built in the villages destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. Despite all the difficulties that have arisen – construction in isolated areas, six months of economic blockade at the Indian border, floods and many more – not only have we been able to build the two promised schools and the children are already learning here, but we have saved enough money to start construction of a third one. This is wonderful, especially since the Nepalese government did not get involved so much. Now, thanks to the generous people in Romania, the Nepalese children will have three new schools. Karuna will continue its good work for the sake of everyone. Thank you from the heart!”, Matthieu Ricard, president of Karuna-Shechen.

School dropout is one of the most serious problems Nepal is facing, the main causes being poverty, poor conditions in schools, difficult access to those schools and low levels of adult education. Moreover, the magnitude earthquake of 7.9 on the Richter scale destroyed over 5,000 schools, making it impossible for almost one million children to continue their education. Half of the female population and a quarter of the male population over 15 suffer from illiteracy.

In 2015, Karuna-Schechen had a budget of one million Euro for humanitarian interventions post earthquake. More than 10 percent of the donated money came from Romania due to the “Joy for Nepal” campaign. And regarding the 2015 education budget for Nepal and India, the contribution of donations coming from Romania was 41%. (2)

“Joy for Nepal” was launched on May 19, 2015, on Alex’s birthday, after the tragedy of the April 25th earthquake. Nearly 9,000 people lost their lives and over 22,000 were injured. The avalanche following the earthquake caught Alex Găvan in the Everest Base Camp. Surviving, he participated in the search and rescue operations (3). In the end, 22 climbers died.

Most of the donations came from private individuals who responded to the call by sending two Euro worth of SMS. Donations were also made through sponsorships, bank transfers or card payments on www.alexgavan.ro/nepal.

The amount of 106.576,68 Euro was integrally transferred to Karuna-Shechen. The donation money has not funded any administrative costs, as the fundraising campaign was pro-bono run by Alex Găvan and his team, as well as the partners who joined the project. Karuna-Shechen has all the operational costs covered by its own.

Restarting lives. Rebuilding joy in Nepal.

About Alex Găvan:

A leading Romanian high altitude climber, Alex Găvan (35) reached six 8.000m summits in the Himalayas by fair means, meaning without supplemental oxygen and high-altitude porters. To Alex, “climbing mountains outside is climbing mountains inside“. After surviving the earthquake and the Everest avalanche on April 25th, together with his team, he initiated “#Joy4Nepal”, a humanitarian campaign to rebuild schools in remote Himalayan communities. He is also deeply involved in many environmental causes.

About Karuna-Shechen:

Karuna-Shechen (4) was founded by Matthieu Ricard in 2000. Its mission is to provide quality healthcare, education and social services to individuals and families in the poorest and most disadvantaged communities in Nepal, India and Tibet. Following the earthquake, the organization provided emergency response to 215.511 people in 622 villages in Nepal’s most affected areas.

About Matthieu Ricard:

Born in France in 1946, as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard (5) is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer – regarded as “the happiest man in the world”. After completing his PhD in cell genetics in 1972, at Pasteur Institute, under the guidance of French Nobel Laureate François Jacob, he moved in the Himalayas, where he has been living for the past 40 years. Matthieu Ricard is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organization dedicated to broadening the understanding of how the human mind works. He contributes to the research on the effect of meditation on the brain, at various American and European universities, and is the co-author of several scientific publications. He also contributed to the book “Destructive Emotions”, edited by Daniel Goleman. He received the French National Order of Merit for his humanitarian work and is the French-language interpreter for the Dalai Lama.

“Joy for Nepal” was supported by:

Friends: Ivan Patzaichin, campion olimpic; Oana Pellea, actriță; Eugen Voicu, fondator CERTINVEST; Cătălin Tolontan, jurnalist; Liviu Drăgan, CEO TotalSoft; Cristian Lascu, speolog; Vlad Mixich, jurnalist; Adelin Petrișor, jurnalist.
Partners: ZITEC, ZVÂC, NETOPIA, HEADVERTISING, ACCOUNTESS, grafi-ciana Tuan Nini, MINDSHARE, donatie.ro, Ana Florea, 148 Creative Sound Studio, Alex Tuhut Voice Over, CCIFER, Netopia mobilPay, OMA Vision, McCann PR
Corporate Donors: CERTINVEST, Cris-Tim, TotalSoft, Hyperion Media, Trend Consult, Hipo, TatKraft GmbH, ROHOST, PC4U, Pierre Basma Consulting, Institutul Kaizen, Hyperion Media, Human Invest, Timac Agro, Paravion, Tatkraft!, PC4U, HumanInvest, Timac Agro.
Media Partners: TVR, Știrile TVR, Gazeta Sporturilor, SapteSeri, RFI Romania, Adevărul, Adevărul de Weekend, Antena 3, Realitatea TV, Kiss TV, Dolce Sport, Radio România Actualități, Eurosport, Discov-ery, UPC, Kiss FM, Magic FM, Rock FM, Observator TV, Expo TV, Itsy Bitsy, Radio Tananana, Gold FM, www.românia-pozitivă.ro, Click!, Men’s Health, Editura HAC, National Geographic, Cariere, HR Manag-er, Unica, wall-street.ro, FP România, Men’s Health, Think Outside the Box, Decât o Revistă,
• Auto Motor Sport, Casa și Grădina, Femeia Azi, Dilema Veche,Historia, Beau Monde, Marie Claire, UPC, Wall-Street.ro, eMunte.ro, ExpoTV, Grand Cinema & More.

Contact:
inspiration@alexgavan.ro

Notes:
(1) http://alexgavan.ro/nepal/2015/05/22/restart-lives-and-rebuild-joy-by-making-a-donation-to-nepal/
(2) https://issuu.com/karuna-shechen/docs/karuna-shechen_2015_annual_report_e
(3) http://time.com/3840142/climber-everest-avalanche/
(4) http://karuna-shechen.org/
(5) http://www.matthieuricard.org/en/

“#Joy4Nepal” charity campaign: the schools’ reconstruction has begun

Over 36.000 donors answered the charitable call, launched by the high altitude climber Alex Găvan, following the devastating earthquake that took place in Nepal, on the 25th of April 2015. Today, the 106.576,68 euros will help the construction of two schools, hosting up to 500 kids.

“The big earthquake destroyed, in Nepal, around 5.000 schools, putting almost one million kids in the situation of no longer being able to continue their education. We cannot make a difference for the whole country, but we know, for sure, that, through the “#Joy4Nepal” campaign, the kids from two isolated communities, situated in the Himalayan Mountains, will have an extra chance for being able to fulfil their educational potential. This thought simply fills my heart with joy.”- – stated Alex Găvan.

The construction of the two schools is conducted by the Nepalese partner, Karuna-Schechen, founded by Matthieu Richard.

“On behalf of the Karuna-Schechen, I’m extremely pleased to inform all the generous people from Romania, who joined us in helping the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, that we have finalized the first stage of the emergency aid, launched during the first three months that followed the calamity – we managed to help over 210.000 victims, from 620 villages. Also, we started the reconstruction of two schools from isolated areas, thanks to all the support given by the Romanian people, as a result of the mobilization call set in motion by Alex Găvan. We will keep you informed about the progress we make, this being the way we are expressing our deep appreciation and gratitude for the solidarity and compassion that all of you have shown towards us.” – declared Matthieu Ricard, President of the humanitarian organisation, Karuna-Schechen.

Okhaldhunga School

 

The two schools to be built in the place of those destroyed by the earthquake are designed to host up to 500 kids, between 1st and the 8th grade. Both schools are situated at a distance of about 135-190 km away from the capital city of Kathmandu. The primary school Sthanika is situated in Satdobato, from the Gorkha district, while Gramdaya school is situated in Tekanpur, in the Okhaldunga region.

The “#Joy4Nepal” campaign was launched on the 19th of May 2015, as immediate reaction to the devastation caused by the earthquake that caught high altitude climber Alex Găvan in the Lhotse/Everest base camp, during his audacious attempt to summit. Most of the donations came from private donors who answered the call by sending text messages, worth of 2 euros each, at 8826, available in Orange, Telekom and Vodafone; also, donations were made through sponsorship, bank transfers or credit card payments, on www.alexgavan.ro/nepal

The totaling sum of 106.576,68 euros was integrally transferred to the Karuna-Schechen organisation. All the administrative expenses are completely covered by Karuna-Shechen’ own private donors, while in Romania the raising fund campaign was managed pro bono.

Scoala din Gorkha

 

Restarting life. Rebuilding joy in Nepal.

The Joy for Nepal Campaign was supported by:

  • Friends: Ivan Patzaichin, Sprint Canoe Olympic Champion; Oana Pellea, Actress; Eugen Voicu, Founder CERTINVEST; Cătălin Tolontan, Journalist; Liviu Drăgan, CEO TotalSoft; Cristian Lascu, Speleologist; Vlad Mixich, Journalist; Adelin Petrișor, Journalist.
  • Partners who made this project possible: OMA Vision, McCann PR, ZITEC, ZVÂC, NETOPIA, HEADVERTISING, ACCOUNTESS, graphic designer Tuan Nini, MINDSHARE, donatie.ro, Ana Florea, 148 Creative Sound Studio, Alex Tuhut Voice Over, CCIFER, Netopia mobilPay.
  • Corporate Donors: CERTINVEST, Cris-Tim, TotalSoft, Hyperion Media, Trend Consult, Hipo, TatKraft GmbH, ROHOST, PC4U, Pierre Basma Consulting, Institutul Kaizen, Hyperion Media, Human Invest, Timac Agro, Paravion, Tatkraft!, PC4U, HumanInvest, TIMAC Agro.
  • Media Partners:TVR, Știrile TVR, Gazeta Sporturilor, SapteSeri, RFI Romania, Adevărul, Adevărul de Weekend, Antena 3, Realitatea TV, Kiss TV, Dolce Sport, Radio România Actualități, Eurosport, Discovery, UPC, Kiss FM, Magic FM, Rock FM, Observator TV, Expo TV, Itsy Bitsy, Radio Tananana, Gold FM, www.românia-pozitivă.ro, Click!, Men’s Health, Editura HAC, National Geographic, Cariere, HR Manager, Unica, wall-street.ro, FP România, Men’s Health, Think Outside the Box, Decât o Revistă, Auto Motor Sport, Casa și Grădina, Femeia Azi, Dilema Veche, Historia, Beau Monde, Marie Claire, UPC, Wall-Street.ro, eMunte.ro, ExpoTV, Grand Cinema & More.

 

About Alex Găvan:

A leading Romanian high altitude climber, Alex Găvan reached six 8000m summits in the Himalayas by fair means, meaning without supplemental oxygen and high-altitude porters. To Alex, “climbing mountains outside is climbing mountains inside“. After surviving the earthquake and the Everest avalanche on April 25, he initiated “#Joy4Nepal”, a humanitarian campaign for the people of the Himalayas: http://alexgavan.ro/nepal/ He is also deeply involved in many environmental issues.

 

About Karuna-Schechen:

Karuna-Shechen was set up in 2000, by Matthieu Ricard, with the mission to provide quality healthcare, education, and social services to individuals and families in the poorest communities in Tibet, Nepal, and India. The organisation places a special emphasis on the empowerment of women and young girls and the preservation of cultural heritage.

You can find more information about Karuna-Schechen on: http://karuna-shechen.org/

About Matthieu Ricard:

Born in France in 1946, as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer – regarded as “the happiest man in the world”. After completing his Ph.D. in cell genetics in 1972, at Pasteur Institute, under the guidance of French Nobel Laureate François Jacob, he moved in the Himalayas, where he has been living for the past 40 years. Matthieu Ricard is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organisation dedicated to broadening the understanding of how the human mind works. He contributes to the research on the effect of meditation on the brain, at various American and European universities, and is the co-author of several scientific publications. He also contributed to the book “Destructive Emotions”, edited by Daniel Goleman.

He received the French National Order of Merit for his humanitarian work.

‘Joy for Nepal’ Fundraising Campaign Extended Two Weeks

‘Joy for Nepal’ fundraising campaign, launched by high-altitude climber Alex Găvan, is extended until July 31, 2015, to allow it to raise further funds. The campaign was meant to conclude today, July 14, on the seven weeks and nine days mark, originally intended to mirror the 7.9 degrees magnitude of the earthquake that rocked Nepal on April 25. So far a total of 67,794 Euro has been reached through donations from individuals, companies, and fundraising activities initiated by other organizations or supporters.

 

The campaign continues for the following two weeks, funds being raised through 2 Euro donations via each SMS sent to 8826 over the Orange, Telekom Romania and Vodafone networks; card payments online at www.alexgavan.ro/nepal; as well as sponsorships or charitable events.

 

‘I am impressed by the tremendously compassionate response received from all those who contributed to this campaign and I thank everyone for their solidarity and generosity. I feel as if I asked for support to climb a mountain that I couldn’t have climbed it alone, and got it. This is the mountain of generosity, the one we climb together to restart lives and rebuild joy, not only in Nepal, but also in our own hearts’ declared for media Alex Găvan.

 

On July 17 will take place a new community fundraising initiative, launched by journalist Iulia Ilie – a 100-minute session of ZUMBA ® charity in Pitesti, in the University Gym. The session starts from 7:00 p.m. and will be coached by trainers Alexandra Tomulescu and Ionuț Iordache. Money raised from the admission tickets, worth 25 lei per person, will be donated to #joy4nepal.

 

All raised funds will reach Nepalese people in need, through special reconstruction projects managed by Kharuna-Shechen organization, founded by renowed author Matthieu Ricard. The raised funds will mainly finance reconstruction operations in isolated communities affected by the earthquake, as well as rebuilding schools, medical facilities, clean water supply. Furthermore, the funding will support the development of local leaders’ networks, including women, in order to help them take over and carry on the reconstruction process. As new disasters are possible, up to 25% of the donations may go to emergency interventions.

 

No funds raised are used to cover any administrative expenses, as the entire fundraising campaign is done pro-bono by people and companies from Romania who got involved willing to do good; and Karuna-Shechen has all administrative costs covered by its own sponsor.

 

The fundraising campaign Joy for Nepal was launched on May 19, 2015, following the tragic earthquake that devastated Nepal on April 25, 2015. That day Alex was in the Lhotse/ Everest Base Camp. The Campaign’s website www.alexgavan.ro/nepal will publish activity reports to track transparently both the use of funds and the progress accomplished.

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFO:

The Partner in Nepal – Karuna Shechen

Karuna-Shechen was set up in 2000, by Matthieu Ricard, with the mission to provide quality healthcare, education, and social services to individuals and families in the poorest communities in Tibet, Nepal, and India. The organization places a special emphasis on the empowerment of women and young girls and the preservation of cultural heritage. Over twenty years of experience have allowed the organization to establish a collaborative team of professionals who work within local communities to identify and implement projects that respond directly to their needs. Even in adverse political situations, their projects have continued to thrive because they are community-based in scale and focus.

Since 2013, Karuna-Shechen has been running an Advanced First Aider (AFA) Training Program in Nepal, under the Disaster and Emergency Response Program. Within this program, the organization has trained 294 AFAs to date, and is currently training 100 more and has been conducting medical response drills, to be ready to respond immediately in case of natural disasters.

 

Karuna-Shechen relief work in Nepal follows a 3-step program:

  1. Medical response, both short-term and long-term;
  2. Food and shelter, both short-term and long-term;
  3. Rehabilitation and reconstruction, essentially long-term.

Shechen Clinic, in collaboration with the monks at Shechen Monastery in the vicinity of the clinic which housed hundreds of people left homeless by the earthquake of April 25, 2015, assisted and treated the wounded in the neighborhood. Sechen Clinic’s doctors and medical staff have been mobilized around the clock to help. Medical teams go every day to places hardly accessible. In partnership with local NGOs, Karuna-Shechen brings to the population affected by the earthquake, especially in remote areas and the villages of Kathmandu Valley, food, medicine and shelter. The organization directs its rescue efforts and aid to small and isolated communities, where conditions are extremely poor and there is a high risk of epidemics.

 

Matthieu Ricard

Born in France in 1946, as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer – regarded as “the happiest man in the world”. After completing his Ph.D. degree in cell genetics in 1972 at the Pasteur Institute under French Nobel Laureate François Jacob he moved to the Himalayan region where he has been living for the past 40 years.

Matthieu Ricard is the author of several books, translated into over twenty languages, such as: ”Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill”, „Why Meditate? (The Art of Meditation in the UK)”,”The Quantum and the Lotus (a dialogue with the astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan)”, and ”The Monk and the Philosopher”, a dialogue with his father.

Matthieu Ricard has dedicated his life to the study and practice of Buddhism following the teachings of the greatest Tibetan spiritual masters. He has been the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama since 1989. For many years Matthieu Ricard has been photographing the landscapes, spiritual masters, and people of the Himalayas. His work is exhibited in museums and art galleries throughout the world. He is the author and photographer of a number of photography books.

Matthieu Ricard is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organization dedicated to broadening the understanding of how the mind works. He contributes to the research on the effect of meditation on the brain at various universities in the USA and Europe and is the co-author of several scientific publications. He also contributed for the book Destructive Emotions, edited by Daniel Goleman.

He received the French National Order of Merit for his humanitarian work.

 

WHO SUPPORTS US:

The Expedition for Lhotse Ascent was supported by CertInvest (Main Partner), TotalSoft (Partner), Zitec (IT Partner), OMA Vision (Communication Partner), and also by Intercapital Invest, Accountess, World Class, Suplimente.ro, Sanador (Supporters).

 

The Joy for Nepal Campaign is supported so far by:

 

  • Friends: Ivan Patzaichin, Sprint Canoe Olympic Champion; Oana Pellea, Actress; Eugen Voicu, Founder CERTINVEST; Cătălin Tolontan, Journalist; Liviu Drăgan, CEO TotalSoft; Cristian Lascu, Speleologist; Vlad Mixich, Journalist; Adelin Petrișor, Journalist.
  • Partners who made this project possible: OMA Vision, ZITEC, ZVÂC, NETOPIA, HEADVERTISING, ACCOUNTESS, Graphician Tuan Nini, CCIFER, donatie.ro, Ana Florea, 148 Creative Sound Studio, Alex Tuhut Voice Over.
  • Corporate Donors: CERTINVEST, Cris-Tim, TotalSoft, Hyperion Media, Trend Consult, Hipo, TatKraft GmbH, ROHOST, PC4U, Pierre Basma Consulting, Kaizen Institute, Hyperion Media
  • Media Partners: TVR, TVR News, Sports Gazette, RFI Romania, National Geographic, FP România, Men’s Health, Think Outside the Box, Decât o Revista, Auto Motor Sport, House & Garden, Woman Today, Dilema Veche, Historia, Adevărul, Adevărul-Weekend, Romania-pozitivă.ro, Cariere, Kiss FM, Magic FM, Rock FM, Kiss TV, Antena 3, Observator, HR Manager, Unica, wall-street.ro, Click!, emunte.ro, HAC Publishing House.
  • The SMS Donations Campaign is done through 2 EUR donations via each SMS sent to 8826 over the Orange, Telekom Romania Mobile, Vodafone and ARC networks. No VAT is added to SMS donations by subscribers. The VAT for Orange and Telekom Romania Mobile prepaid SIM cards is charged with the prepaid amount. No VAT is charged for donations via prepaid Vodafone SIM cards.

 

For additional details: 
nepal@alexgavan.ro

Party with Friends & Charitable Auction

Bucharest, July 30, 2015 – The weather channel said that either it would be the hottest night of the year, or it would rain. And we were getting ready at the last minute to put together a charity party in order to raise more funds for # joy4nepal. It was a private initiative. A known journalist, Monica Dascalu, inspired by our campaign, decided to invite her friends to a garden party, to help #joy4nepal. We said then that we had friends, too, not only the campaign itself, but also Alex. So in less than a week we joined forces and organized, precisely for that scorching evening, one of the most exciting fund-raising actions for this project.

 

It was a last-ditch effort, materialized only thanks to friends and companies who helped us organize everything on the go in order to receive guests properly. Eventually all things fell into place like a well-behaved puzzle. We received delicious snacks from Marius Tudosiei at Old Grocery Store (Băcănia Veche); home-made ice-cream from MoritzEis, courtesy of Moritz Fried; rose and red wine from the Rottenberg Cellars; tropical fruit juice from Rubicon and natural apple-juice from MellowDrinks; professional sound system from Bassak Media; fountain-cold water from our hosts, Greenitiative Organization. Its headquarters in Mogosoaia, Green Mogo, hosted the charity party in their fascinating orchard, carpeted with lavender. The photos were taken by Oana Bardan, of Alex Domnisoru team from Your Photographer (Fotograful Tău).

 

It was a true evening among friends, full of joy and generosity. We talked about # joy4nepal campaign, about what has inspired this project and its backstage anima, from the first feeling, to idea, and then to action. But it was fun as well, a game we all join in: Marius Vintila MC’ed the evening’s charity auction. It was the first auction he has ever led, but he did it with gusto, showing most promising talent.

 

The items auctioned were also donated by people and companies who wanted to support our cause: journalist Amalia Enache donated a necklace & earrings set, bearing stories from her field reports and other charitable activities; TNT Brothers donated, via journalist Mariana Neagu, a parachute jump; artist Marie Nicolle has sparked a real competition for her signature scarf, handbag, and lampshade; Bulandra Theater donated entry vouchers to all next season’s premieres; Adrian Nitoiu contributed with a trip to the Danube Delta, offered by Genius Delta Resort; Demeter Ruxandra donated a painting by Octavian Roguski, together with its easel; Green Mogo offered a gift-basket with lavender and their own natural home-made products; Marius Vintila offered a national rugby team jersey.

The most disputed items were: a canoe (pagaie) autographed by Ivan Patzaichin, a friend of the campaign; the “Renaissance” painting signed by Ana Necolau and donated by Rotenberg Uzunov Art Gallery; and an autographed photo of Alex, taken on Lhotse, the mountain he was trying to climb this year when the Nepal earthquake occurred.

 

It was late at night when we parted ways, and the sky was already illuminated by the first lightening. But we left the garden with the soul full of light from the great experience. Not only because we had managed to raise a substantial amount for # joy4nepal (i.e., 5,000 Euros) but also because we shared the joy of generosity and openness to one another, beyond any barriers, or distance, or obstructions.

 

All photographs taken by fotografultau.ro can be viewed here.

Special thanks to the organizations that made the party possible and a success:

 

 

green bacania moritzcrama toVWmkAA melow

‘Joy for Nepal’ Campaign Raised Over 100,000 Euro

Joy for Nepal’ fundraising campaign, launched by high-altitude climber Alex Găvan, raked in so far the RON equivalent of 101,000 Euro in order to finance some post-earthquake reconstruction projects  in Nepal.

 

The majority of raised funds poured in from individuals who donated 2 Euro via each SMS sent to a number offered through www.donatie.ro platform. This number has been deactivated starting August 1st, and it can’t be used anymore for supporting #joy4nepal cause. A total of 31,070 SMSs have been sent until July 31st, donating this way the RON equivalent of 62,140 Euro. Following www.donatie.ro platform’s procedures, the entire amount will be transferred towards the project after September, all phone-network operators agreeing to support this campaign free of charge.

The rest of funds have been raised through donations via card payments online, bank transfers from individuals and companies, as well as other fundraising activities such as: a humanitarian project with children from a kindergarten (which brought in over 1,000 Euro); a session of ZUMBA ® charity in Pitesti (raised 560 Euro); a garden party with charity auction (raked in the RON equivalent of 5,000 Euro).

In August-September donations will still be possible via www.alexgavan.ro/nepal site and sponsorships. Another fundraising campaign for the cause is ongoing in this period, initiated by Paravion, which created a feature to its website meant to allow customers to donate 1 Euro upon acquisition of travel services. Paravion will double every contribution made by its customers and the opportunity to donate is available in many countries where the company operates.

 

‘Thank you to all those who made this project possible. The thought that there are tens of thousands of people who contributed to this campaign fills my heart with emotion and gratitude. I feel as if we climbed together an 8,000m summit – my seventh. Just as in the Himalayas, where once you have reached the peak you need to come back to base camp in order to complete the ascent, now we get to the second part of the project: the accountable and transparent transfer of this money towards the intended reconstruction activities. To date, our partners in Nepal, Karuna-Shechen, have assessed the needs in the field. Now we are in discussions with them to identify the projects we are going to finance and we will publicly announce them once established’ declared for media Alex Găvan.

 

All raised funds will reach Nepalese people in need, through special reconstruction projects managed by Kharuna-Shechen organization, founded by renowed author Matthieu Ricard. The raised funds will mainly finance reconstruction operations in isolated communities affected by the earthquake, such as rebuilding schools.

No funds raised are used to cover any administrative expenses, as the entire fundraising campaign is done pro-bono by people and companies from Romania who got involved willing to do good; and Karuna-Shechen has all administrative costs covered by its own sponsor.

The fundraising campaign Joy for Nepal was launched on May 19, 2015, following the tragic earthquake that devastated Nepal on April 25, 2015. That day Alex was in the Lhotse/ Everest Base Camp. The Campaign’s website www.alexgavan.ro/nepal will publish activity reports to track transparently both the use of funds and the progress accomplished.

 

ADDITIONAL INFO:

The Partner in Nepal – Karuna Shechen

Karuna-Shechen was set up in 2000, by Matthieu Ricard, with the mission to provide quality healthcare, education, and social services to individuals and families in the poorest communities in Tibet, Nepal, and India. The organization places a special emphasis on the empowerment of women and young girls and the preservation of cultural heritage. Over twenty years of experience have allowed the organization to establish a collaborative team of professionals who work within local communities to identify and implement projects that respond directly to their needs. Even in adverse political situations, their projects have continued to thrive because they are community-based in scale and focus.

Matthieu Ricard

Born in France in 1946, as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer – regarded as “the happiest man in the world”. After completing his Ph.D. degree in cell genetics in 1972 at the Pasteur Institute under French Nobel Laureate François Jacob he moved to the Himalayan region where he has been living for the past 40 years.

Matthieu Ricard is the author of several books, translated into over twenty languages, such as: ”Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill”, „Why Meditate? (The Art of Meditation in the UK)”,”The Quantum and the Lotus (a dialogue with the astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan)”, and ”The Monk and the Philosopher”, a dialogue with his father.

Matthieu Ricard is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organization dedicated to broadening the understanding of how the mind works. He contributes to the research on the effect of meditation on the brain at various universities in the USA and Europe and is the co-author of several scientific publications. He also contributed for the book Destructive Emotions, edited by Daniel Goleman.

He received the French National Order of Merit for his humanitarian work.

 

 

WHO SUPPORTS US:

The Expedition for Lhotse Ascent was supported by CertInvest (Main Partner), TotalSoft (Partner), Zitec (IT Partner), OMA Vision (Communication Partner), and also by Intercapital Invest, Accountess, World Class, Suplimente.ro, Sanador (Supporters).

 

The Joy for Nepal Campaign is supported so far by:

  • Friends: Ivan Patzaichin, Sprint Canoe Olympic Champion; Oana Pellea, Actress; Eugen Voicu, Founder CERTINVEST; Cătălin Tolontan, Journalist; Liviu Drăgan, CEO TotalSoft; Cristian Lascu, Speleologist; Vlad Mixich, Journalist; Adelin Petrișor, Journalist.
  • Partners who made this project possible: OMA Vision, ZITEC, ZVÂC, NETOPIA, HEADVERTISING, ACCOUNTESS, Graphician Tuan Nini, MINDSHARE, CCIFER, donatie.ro, Ana Florea, 148 Creative Sound Studio, Alex Tuhut Voice Over.
  • Corporate Donors: CERTINVEST, Cris-Tim, TotalSoft, Hyperion Media, Trend Consult, Hipo, TatKraft GmbH, ROHOST, PC4U, Pierre Basma Consulting, Kaizen Institute, Hyperion Media, Human Invest, Timac Agro, Paravion.
  • Media Partners: TVR, TVR News, Reality TV, Dolce Sport, Sports Gazette, RFI Romania, National Geographic, FP România, Men’s Health, Think Outside the Box, Decât o Revista, Auto Motor Sport, House & Garden, Woman Today, Dilema Veche, Historia, Adevărul, Adevărul-Weekend, Romania-pozitivă.ro, Cariere, Kiss FM, Magic FM, Rock FM, Kiss TV, Antena 3, Observator TV, Radio România Actualități, Eurosport, Discovery, UPC, Expo TV, Itsy Bitsy, Radio Tananana, Gold FM, FP România, HR Manager, Unica, wall-street.ro, Click!, emunte.ro, HAC Publishing House.
  • The SMS Donations Campaign was done with the support of Orange, Telekom Romania Mobile, Vodafone and ARC networks.
  • The Garden Party and Charity Auction have been supported by Băcănia Veche, Greeinitiative, Rottenberg Vineyard, Artist Maria Nouvelle, TNT Brothers, Rotenberg Gallery, Uzunov, Moritz Eis, Bulandra Theatre, Mello Drinks, Rubicon.

 

For additional details: 

nepal@alexgavan.ro

‘Joy for Nepal’ Fundraising Campaign Extended Two Weeks

‘Joy for Nepal’ fundraising campaign, launched by high-altitude climber Alex Găvan, is extended until July 31, 2015, to allow it to raise further funds. The campaign was meant to conclude today, July 14, on the seven weeks and nine days mark, originally intended to mirror the 7.9 degrees magnitude of the earthquake that rocked Nepal on April 25. So far a total of 67,794 Euro has been reached through donations from individuals, companies, and fundraising activities initiated by other organizations or supporters.

 

The campaign continues for the following two weeks, funds being raised through 2 Euro donations via each SMS sent to 8826 over the Orange, Telekom Romania and Vodafone networks; card payments online at www.alexgavan.ro/nepal; as well as sponsorships or charitable events.

 

‘I am impressed by the tremendously compassionate response received from all those who contributed to this campaign and I thank everyone for their solidarity and generosity. I feel as if I asked for support to climb a mountain that I couldn’t have climbed it alone, and got it. This is the mountain of generosity, the one we climb together to restart lives and rebuild joy, not only in Nepal, but also in our own hearts’ declared for media Alex Găvan.

On July 17 will take place a new community fundraising initiative, launched by journalist Iulia Ilie – a 100-minute session of ZUMBA ® charity in Pitesti, in the University Gym. The session starts from 7:00 p.m. and will be coached by trainers Alexandra Tomulescu and Ionuț Iordache. Money raised from the admission tickets, worth 25 lei per person, will be donated to #joy4nepal.

 

All raised funds will reach Nepalese people in need, through special reconstruction projects managed by Kharuna-Shechen organization, founded by renowed author Matthieu Ricard. The raised funds will mainly finance reconstruction operations in isolated communities affected by the earthquake, as well as rebuilding schools, medical facilities, clean water supply. Furthermore, the funding will support the development of local leaders’ networks, including women, in order to help them take over and carry on the reconstruction process. As new disasters are possible, up to 25% of the donations may go to emergency interventions.

No funds raised are used to cover any administrative expenses, as the entire fundraising campaign is done pro-bono by people and companies from Romania who got involved willing to do good; and Karuna-Shechen has all administrative costs covered by its own sponsor.

The fundraising campaign Joy for Nepal was launched on May 19, 2015, following the tragic earthquake that devastated Nepal on April 25, 2015. That day Alex was in the Lhotse/ Everest Base Camp. The Campaign’s website www.alexgavan.ro/nepal will publish activity reports to track transparently both the use of funds and the progress accomplished.

ADDITIONAL INFO: 

The Partner in Nepal – Karuna Shechen

Karuna-Shechen was set up in 2000, by Matthieu Ricard, with the mission to provide quality healthcare, education, and social services to individuals and families in the poorest communities in Tibet, Nepal, and India. The organization places a special emphasis on the empowerment of women and young girls and the preservation of cultural heritage. Over twenty years of experience have allowed the organization to establish a collaborative team of professionals who work within local communities to identify and implement projects that respond directly to their needs. Even in adverse political situations, their projects have continued to thrive because they are community-based in scale and focus.

Since 2013, Karuna-Shechen has been running an Advanced First Aider (AFA) Training Program in Nepal, under the Disaster and Emergency Response Program. Within this program, the organization has trained 294 AFAs to date, and is currently training 100 more and has been conducting medical response drills, to be ready to respond immediately in case of natural disasters.

Karuna-Shechen relief work in Nepal follows a 3-step program:

  1. Medical response, both short-term and long-term;
  2. Food and shelter, both short-term and long-term;
  3. Rehabilitation and reconstruction, essentially long-term.

Shechen Clinic, in collaboration with the monks at Shechen Monastery in the vicinity of the clinic which housed hundreds of people left homeless by the earthquake of April 25, 2015, assisted and treated the wounded in the neighborhood. Sechen Clinic’s doctors and medical staff have been mobilized around the clock to help. Medical teams go every day to places hardly accessible. In partnership with local NGOs, Karuna-Shechen brings to the population affected by the earthquake, especially in remote areas and the villages of Kathmandu Valley, food, medicine and shelter. The organization directs its rescue efforts and aid to small and isolated communities, where conditions are extremely poor and there is a high risk of epidemics.

Matthieu Ricard

Born in France in 1946, as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer – regarded as “the happiest man in the world”. After completing his Ph.D. degree in cell genetics in 1972 at the Pasteur Institute under French Nobel Laureate François Jacob he moved to the Himalayan region where he has been living for the past 40 years.

Matthieu Ricard is the author of several books, translated into over twenty languages, such as: ”Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill”, „Why Meditate? (The Art of Meditation in the UK)”,”The Quantum and the Lotus (a dialogue with the astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan)”, and ”The Monk and the Philosopher”, a dialogue with his father.

Matthieu Ricard has dedicated his life to the study and practice of Buddhism following the teachings of the greatest Tibetan spiritual masters. He has been the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama since 1989. For many years Matthieu Ricard has been photographing the landscapes, spiritual masters, and people of the Himalayas. His work is exhibited in museums and art galleries throughout the world. He is the author and photographer of a number of photography books.

Matthieu Ricard is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organization dedicated to broadening the understanding of how the mind works. He contributes to the research on the effect of meditation on the brain at various universities in the USA and Europe and is the co-author of several scientific publications. He also contributed for the book Destructive Emotions, edited by Daniel Goleman.

He received the French National Order of Merit for his humanitarian work.

WHO SUPPORTS US:

The Expedition for Lhotse Ascent was supported by CertInvest (Main Partner), TotalSoft (Partner), Zitec (IT Partner), OMA Vision (Communication Partner), and also by Intercapital Invest, Accountess, World Class, Suplimente.ro, Sanador (Supporters).

 

The Joy for Nepal Campaign is supported so far by: 

  • Friends: Ivan Patzaichin, Sprint Canoe Olympic Champion; Oana Pellea, Actress; Eugen Voicu, Founder CERTINVEST; Cătălin Tolontan, Journalist; Liviu Drăgan, CEO TotalSoft; Cristian Lascu, Speleologist; Vlad Mixich, Journalist; Adelin Petrișor, Journalist.
  • Partners who made this project possible: OMA Vision, ZITEC, ZVÂC, NETOPIA, HEADVERTISING, ACCOUNTESS, Graphician Tuan Nini, CCIFER, donatie.ro, Ana Florea, 148 Creative Sound Studio, Alex Tuhut Voice Over.
  • Corporate Donors: CERTINVESTCris-Tim, TotalSoft, Hyperion Media, Trend Consult, Hipo, TatKraft GmbH, ROHOST, PC4U, Pierre Basma Consulting, Kaizen Institute, Hyperion Media
  • Media Partners: TVR, TVR News, Sports Gazette, RFI Romania, National Geographic, FP România, Men’s Health, Think Outside the Box, Decât o Revista, Auto Motor Sport, House & Garden, Woman Today, Dilema Veche, Historia, Adevărul, Adevărul-Weekend, Romania-pozitivă.ro, Cariere, Kiss FM, Magic FM, Rock FM, Kiss TV, Antena 3, Observator, HR Manager, Unica, wall-street.ro, Click!, emunte.ro, HAC Publishing House.
  • The SMS Donations Campaign is done through 2 EUR donations via each SMS sent to 8826 over the Orange, Telekom Romania Mobile, Vodafone and ARC networks. No VAT is added to SMS donations by subscribers. The VAT for Orange and Telekom Romania Mobile prepaid SIM cards is charged with the prepaid amount. No VAT is charged for donations via prepaid Vodafone SIM cards.

 

For additional details:  

nepal@alexgavan.ro

‘Joy for Nepal’ Raised Over 50,000 Euro

The ‘Joy for Nepal’ campaign, launched by high-altitude climber Alex Găvan, has reached the 50,000 euro milestone in its fifth week, not only via SMS and card donations, but also due to a fundraising community initiative carried out by a local kindergarten. 

The Acorns Nursery Kindergarten has organized a fundraising campaign for children in Nepal, in which 5,000 lei were donated. Children created art-items and the kindergarten, together with its partners, organized a charity party for the little ones, their parents and friends. 

 

“Thanks to everyone who supported us so far and continue to support us. Together we truly manage to help isolated communities in Nepal to take up their life again”, declared for media Alex Găvan.

All along, the Nepalese partner of the project, Kharuna-Shechen organization, founded by renowned author Matthieu Ricard, has continued to provide post-disaster assistance from its own funds to an increasing number of beneficiaries. As a result, since the April 25th earthquake, Karuna-Shechen has provided aid and medical assistance to nearly 179,000 people in 477 isolated villages, located in some of the most damaged areas of Nepal.

The ‘Joy for Nepal’ campaign continues in Romania, funds being raised through 2 Euro donations via each SMS sent to 8826 over the Orange, Telekom and Vodafone networks; card payments online at www.alexgavan.ro/nepal; as well as sponsorships.

The raised funds will mainly finance reconstruction operations in isolated communities affected by the earthquake, as well as rebuilding schools, medical facilities, clean water supply. Furthermore, the funding will support the development of local leaders’ networks, including women, in order to help them take over and carry on the reconstruction process. As new disasters are possible, up to 25% of the donations may go to emergency interventions.

No funds raised are used to cover any administrative expenses, as the entire fundraising campaign is done pro-bono by people and companies from Romania who got involved willing to do good; and Karuna-Shechen has all administrative costs covered by its own sponsor.

The fundraising campaign Joy for Nepal was launched on May 19, 2015 and will unfold for 7 weeks and 9 days, to evoke the magnitude of the earthquake that devastated this country on April 25, 2015. That day Alex was in the Everest Base Camp, on his expedition for the ascent of Lhotse summit (8,516m / 27,940 ft). The Campaign’s website www.alexgavan.ro/nepal will publish activity reports to track transparently both the use of funds and the progress accomplished.

ADDITIONAL INFO:

The Partner in Nepal – Karuna Shechen

Karuna-Shechen was set up in 2000, by Matthieu Ricard, with the mission to provide quality healthcare, education, and social services to individuals and families in the poorest communities in Tibet, Nepal, and India. The organization places a special emphasis on the empowerment of women and young girls and the preservation of cultural heritage. Over twenty years of experience have allowed the organization to establish a collaborative team of professionals who work within local communities to identify and implement projects that respond directly to their needs. Even in adverse political situations, their projects have continued to thrive because they are community-based in scale and focus.

Since 2013, Karuna-Shechen has been running an Advanced First Aider (AFA) Training Program in Nepal, under the Disaster and Emergency Response Program. Within this program, the organization has trained 294 AFAs to date, and is currently training 100 more and has been conducting medical response drills, to be ready to respond immediately in case of natural disasters.

 

Karuna-Shechen relief work in Nepal follows a 3-step program:

  1. Medical response, both short-term and long-term;
  2. Food and shelter, both short-term and long-term;
  3. Rehabilitation and reconstruction, essentially long-term.

Shechen Clinic, in collaboration with the monks at Shechen Monastery in the vicinity of the clinic which housed hundreds of people left homeless by the earthquake of April 25, 2015, assisted and treated the wounded in the neighborhood. Sechen Clinic’s doctors and medical staff have been mobilized around the clock to help. Medical teams go every day to places hardly accessible. In partnership with local NGOs, Karuna-Shechen brings to the population affected by the earthquake, especially in remote areas and the villages of Kathmandu Valley, food, medicine and shelter. The organization directs its rescue efforts and aid to small and isolated communities, where conditions are extremely poor and there is a high risk of epidemics.

Matthieu Ricard

Born in France in 1946, as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer – regarded as “the happiest man in the world”. After completing his Ph.D. degree in cell genetics in 1972 at the Pasteur Institute under French Nobel Laureate François Jacob he moved to the Himalayan region where he has been living for the past 40 years.

Matthieu Ricard is the author of several books, translated into over twenty languages, such as: ”Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill”, „Why Meditate? (The Art of Meditation in the UK)”,”The Quantum and the Lotus (a dialogue with the astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan)”, and ”The Monk and the Philosopher”, a dialogue with his father.

Matthieu Ricard has dedicated his life to the study and practice of Buddhism following the teachings of the greatest Tibetan spiritual masters. He has been the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama since 1989. For many years Matthieu Ricard has been photographing the landscapes, spiritual masters, and people of the Himalayas. His work is exhibited in museums and art galleries throughout the world. He is the author and photographer of a number of photography books.

Matthieu Ricard is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organization dedicated to broadening the understanding of how the mind works. He contributes to the research on the effect of meditation on the brain at various universities in the USA and Europe and is the co-author of several scientific publications. He also contributed for the book Destructive Emotions, edited by Daniel Goleman.

He received the French National Order of Merit for his humanitarian work.

 

WHO SUPPORTS US:

The Expedition for Lhotse Ascent was supported by CertInvest (Main Partner), TotalSoft (Partner), Zitec (IT Partner), OMA Vision (Communication Partner), and also by Intercapital Invest, Accountess, World Class, Suplimente.ro, Sanador (Supporters).

 

The Joy for Nepal Campaign is supported so far by:

 

  • Friends: Ivan Patzaichin, Sprint Canoe Olympic Champion; Oana Pellea, Actress; Eugen Voicu, Founder CERTINVEST; Cătălin Tolontan, Journalist; Liviu Drăgan, CEO TotalSoft; Cristian Lascu, Speleologist; Vlad Mixich, Journalist; Adelin Petrișor, Journalist.
  • Partners who made this project possible: OMA Vision, ZITEC, ZVAC, NETOPIA, HEADVERTISING, ACCOUNTESS, Graphician Tuan Nini, CCIFER, donatie.ro, Ana Florea, 148 Creative Sound Studio, Alex Tuhut Voice Over.
  • Corporate Donors: CERTINVEST, Cris-Tim, TotalSoft, Hyperion Media, Trend Consult, Hipo, TatKraft GmbH, ROHOST, Pierre Basma Consulting, Kaizen Institute, Hyperion Media
  • Media Partners: TVR, TVR News, Sports Gazette, RFI Romania, National Geographic, FP România, Men’s Health, Think Outside the Box, Decat o Revista, Auto Motor Sport, House & Garden, Woman Today, Dilema Veche, Historia, Adevarul, Adevarul de Weekend, Romania-pozitiva.ro, Cariere, Kiss FM, Magic FM, Rock FM, Kiss TV, Antena 3, Observator, HR Manager, Unica, wall-street.ro, Click!, emunte.ro, Editura HAC.
  • The SMS Donations Campaign is done through 2 EUR donations via each SMS sent to 8826 over the Orange, Telekom Romania Mobile, Vodafone and ARC networks. No VAT is added to SMS donations by subscribers. The VAT for Orange and Telekom Romania Mobile prepaid SIM cards is charged with the prepaid amount. No VAT is charged for donations via prepaid Vodafone SIM cards.

 

For additional details: 

nepal@alexgavan.ro

 

‘Joy for Nepal’ Raises Over 42,000 Euro by Mid-Campaign

Over 42,000 euro have been donated to ‘Joy for Nepal’ by June 15, 2015, i.e., by the middle of the Campaign launched by high-altitude climber Alex Găvan. So far, the Nepalese partner of the project, Karuna-Shechen organization, has already provided aid through its own network, in the aftermath of the earthquake, to 140,135 people in 379 isolated villages, located in some of the most damaged areas of Nepal. The aid was focused on providing medical assistance, distributing food and tents for shelter.

 

In Romania funds poured in through 2 EUR donations via each SMS sent to 8826 over the Orange, Telekom and Vodafone networks; card payments online at www.alexgavan.ro/nepal; as well as sponsorships. All funds raised in Romania help people in need in Nepal, through reconstruction projects managed by Kharuna-Shechen organization, founded by renowned author Matthieu Ricard.

 

No funds raised are used to cover any administrative expenses, as the entire fundraising campaign is done pro-bono by people and companies from Romania who got involved willing to do good; and Karuna-Shechen has all administrative costs covered by its own sponsor.

 

The raised funds will mainly finance reconstruction operations in isolated communities affected by the earthquake, as well as rebuilding schools, medical facilities, clean water supply. Furthermore, the funding will support the development of local leaders’ networks, including women, in order to help them take over and carry on the reconstruction process. As new disasters are possible, up to 25% of the donations may go to emergency interventions.

 

The fundraising campaign Joy for Nepal was launched on May 19, 2015 and will unfold for 7 weeks and 9 days, to evoke the magnitude of the earthquake that devastated this country on April 25, 2015. That day Alex was in the Everest Base Camp, on his expedition for the ascent of Lhotse summit (8,516m / 27,940 ft).

 

The Campaign’s website www.alexgavan.ro/nepal will publish activity reports to track transparently both the use of funds and the progress accomplished.

 

***

 

ADDITIONAL INFO:

 

The Partner in Nepal – Karuna Shechen

 

Karuna-Shechen was set up in 2000, by Matthieu Ricard, with the mission to provide quality healthcare, education, and social services to individuals and families in the poorest communities in Tibet, Nepal, and India. The organization places a special emphasis on the empowerment of women and young girls and the preservation of cultural heritage. Over twenty years of experience have allowed the organization to establish a collaborative team of professionals who work within local communities to identify and implement projects that respond directly to their needs. Even in adverse political situations, their projects have continued to thrive because they are community-based in scale and focus.

Since 2013, Karuna-Shechen has been running an Advanced First Aider (AFA) Training Program in Nepal, under the Disaster and Emergency Response Program. Within this program, the organization has trained 294 AFAs to date, and is currently training 100 more and has been conducting medical response drills, to be ready to respond immediately in case of natural disasters.

 

Karuna-Shechen relief work in Nepal follows a 3-step program:

  1. Medical response, both short-term and long-term;
  2. Food and shelter, both short-term and long-term;
  3. Rehabilitation and reconstruction, essentially long-term.

Shechen Clinic, in collaboration with the monks at Shechen Monastery in the vicinity of the clinic which housed hundreds of people left homeless by the earthquake of April 25, 2015, assisted and treated the wounded in the neighborhood. Sechen Clinic’s doctors and medical staff have been mobilized around the clock to help. Medical teams go every day to places hardly accessible. In partnership with local NGOs, Karuna-Shechen brings to the population affected by the earthquake, especially in remote areas and the villages of Kathmandu Valley, food, medicine and shelter. The organization directs its rescue efforts and aid to small and isolated communities, where conditions are extremely poor and there is a high risk of epidemics.

 

Matthieu Ricard

 

Born in France in 1946, as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer – regarded as “the happiest man in the world”. After completing his Ph.D. degree in cell genetics in 1972 at the Pasteur Institute under French Nobel Laureate François Jacob he moved to the Himalayan region where he has been living for the past 40 years.

Matthieu Ricard is the author of several books, translated into over twenty languages, such as: ”Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill”, „Why Meditate? (The Art of Meditation in the UK)”,”The Quantum and the Lotus (a dialogue with the astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan)”, and ”The Monk and the Philosopher”, a dialogue with his father.

Matthieu Ricard has dedicated his life to the study and practice of Buddhism following the teachings of the greatest Tibetan spiritual masters. He has been the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama since 1989. For many years Matthieu Ricard has been photographing the landscapes, spiritual masters, and people of the Himalayas. His work is exhibited in museums and art galleries throughout the world. He is the author and photographer of a number of photography books.

Matthieu Ricard is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organization dedicated to broadening the understanding of how the mind works. He contributes to the research on the effect of meditation on the brain at various universities in the USA and Europe and is the co-author of several scientific publications. He also contributed for the book Destructive Emotions, edited by Daniel Goleman.

He received the French National Order of Merit for his humanitarian work.

 

 

WHO SUPPORTS US:

The Expedition for Lhotse Ascent was supported by CertInvest (Main Partner), TotalSoft (Partner), Zitec (IT Partner), OMA Vision (Communication Partner), and also by Intercapital Invest, Accountess, World Class, Suplimente.ro, Sanador (Supporters).

 

The Joy for Nepal Campaign is supported so far by:

 

  • Friends: Ivan Patzaichin – Sprint Canoe Olympic Champion; Oana Pellea – Actress; Eugen Voicu – Founder CERTINVEST; Cătălin Tolontan- Journalist; Liviu Drăgan – CEO TotalSoft; Cristian Lascu – Speleologist; Vlad Mixich – Journalist; Adelin Petrișor – Journalist.
  • Partners who made this project possible: OMA Vision, ZITEC, ZVAC, NETOPIA, HEADVERTISING, ACCOUNTESS, Graphician Tuan Nini, CCIFER, donatie.ro
  • Corporate Donors: CERTINVEST, Cris-Tim, TotalSoft, Hyperion Media, Trend Consult, Hipo, TatKraft GmbH, ROHOST, Pierre Basma Consulting, Kaizen Institute
  • Media Partners: TVR, TVR News, Sports Gazette, RFI Romania, National Geographic, FP România, Men’s Health, Think Outside the Box, Decat o Revista, Auto Motor Sport, House & Garden, Woman Today, Dilema Veche, Historia, Adevarul, Adevarul de Weekend, Romania-pozitiva.ro, Cariere, HR Manager, Unica, wall-street.ro, Click!, emunte.ro
  • The SMS Donations Campaign is done through 2 EUR donations via each SMS sent to 8826 over the Orange, Telekom Romania Mobile, Vodafone and ARC networks. No VAT is added to SMS donations by subscribers. The VAT for Orange and Telekom Romania Mobile prepaid SIM cards is charged with the prepaid amount. No VAT is charged for donations via prepaid Vodafone SIM cards.

 

For additional details: 
nepal@alexgavan.ro

First Week Results of the Fundraising Campaign for Nepal Launched by High Altitude Climber Alex Găvan

The campaign for reconstruction in Nepal launched by Romanian climber Alex Găvan together with his friends and supporters raked in about 24,000 EUR in first week of fundraising. Money poured in through 2 EUR donations via each SMS sent to 8826 over the Orange, Telekom and Vodafone networks; card payments online at www.alexgavan.ro/nepal; as well as sponsorships.

Another source of joy for the campaign team this week was that individuals and organizations have taken initiatives to support the cause and show solidarity. Thus, at the moment there are in the pipeline running and tango events, debates, and Alex was invited as a speaker at a number of conferences to promote the Joy for Nepal Campaign.

The fundraising campaign Joy for Nepal was launched on May 19, 2015 and will unfold for 7 weeks and 9 days, to evoke the magnitude of the earthquake that devastated this country on April 25, 2015. That day Alex was in the Everest Base Camp, on his expedition for the ascent of Lhotse summit (8,516m / 27,940 ft).

All funds raised in Romania are donated to the Campaign’s partner in Nepal, i.e., Kharuna-Shechen organization, founded by renowned author Matthieu Ricard, which has been working since 2000 in assisting the advance of rural communities in Nepal and has experience in post-disaster intervention.

100% of raised funds will reach the final beneficiaries, people of Nepal. This is possible as the entire fundraising campaign is done pro-bono by people and companies from Romania who got involved willing to do good; and the partner responsible for putting the intervention and reconstruction project into action in Nepal has the administrative costs covered by his own sponsor.

The raised funds will mainly finance reconstruction operations in isolated communities affected by the earthquake, as well as rebuilding schools, medical facilities, clean water supply. Furthermore, the funding will support the development of local leaders’ networks, including women, in order to help them take over and carry on the reconstruction process. As new disasters are possible, up to 25% of the donations may go to emergency interventions.

The Campaign’s website www.alexgavan.ro/nepal will publish activity reports to track transparently both the use of funds and the progress accomplished.

24.000 Euro stransi pentru Nepal in 7 zile! Cu ajutorul vostru! Va multumim pentru incredere si continuam campania inca…

Posted by Alex Gavan on Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Additional Info:

 

The Partner in Nepal – Karuna Shechen

Karuna-Shechen was set up in 2000, by Matthieu Ricard, with the mission to provide quality healthcare, education, and social services to individuals and families in the poorest communities in Tibet, Nepal, and India. The organization places a special emphasis on the empowerment of women and young girls and the preservation of cultural heritage. Over twenty years of experience have allowed the organization to establish a collaborative team of professionals who work within local communities to identify and implement projects that respond directly to their needs. Even in adverse political situations, their projects have continued to thrive because they are community-based in scale and focus.

Since 2013, Karuna-Shechen has been running an Advanced First Aider (AFA) Training Program in Nepal, under the Disaster and Emergency Response Program. Within this program, the organization has trained 294 AFAs to date, and is currently training 100 more and has been conducting medical response drills, to be ready to respond immediately in case of natural disasters.

 

Karuna-Shechen relief work in Nepal follows a 3-step program:

  1. Medical response, both short-term and long-term;
  2. Food and shelter, both short-term and long-term;
  3. Rehabilitation and reconstruction, essentially long-term.

Karuna-Shechen will continue to bring medical and relief assistance (food and shelter) to communities affected by the earthquake as long as they need it. Karuna has been working in Nepal since 2000 and has built in this time a network of local grassroots organizations. Through this network they are able to reach isolated communities. Karuna-Shechen is joining forces with them to deliver adequate aid, reach isolated villages, and help those who are too often forgotten.

Rehabilitation and reconstruction will be the next phase. Given the magnitude of the devastation, this is not going to be a small or easy task. This will include building schools and houses, helping schools with their educational programs, rain water harvesting, planting of kitchen gardens and women empowerment. The organization has started to assess the needs of the people and will devise long-term programs that benefit communities as a whole, based on their specific requirements.

Shechen Clinic, in collaboration with the monks at Shechen Monastery in the vicinity of the clinic which housed hundreds of people left homeless by the earthquake of April 25, 2015, assisted and treated the wounded in the neighborhood. Sechen Clinic’s doctors and medical staff have been mobilized around the clock to help. Medical teams go every day to places hardly accessible. In partnership with local NGOs, Karuna-Shechen brings to the population affected by the earthquake, especially in remote areas and the villages of Kathmandu Valley, food, medicine and shelter. The organization directs its rescue efforts and aid to small and isolated communities, where conditions are extremely poor and there is a high risk of epidemics.

 

Matthieu Ricard

 

Born in France in 1946, as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer. After completing his Ph.D. degree in cell genetics in 1972 at the Pasteur Institute under French Nobel Laureate François Jacob he moved to the Himalayan region where he has been living for the past 40 years.

Matthieu Ricard is the author of several books, translated into over twenty languages, such as: ”Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill”, „Why Meditate? (The Art of Meditation in the UK)”,”The Quantum and the Lotus (a dialogue with the astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan)”, and ”The Monk and the Philosopher”, a dialogue with his father.

Matthieu Ricard has dedicated his life to the study and practice of Buddhism following the teachings of the greatest Tibetan spiritual masters. He has been the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama since 1989. For many years Matthieu Ricard has been photographing the landscapes, spiritual masters, and people of the Himalayas. His work is exhibited in museums and art galleries throughout the world. He is the author and photographer of a number of photography books.

Matthieu Ricard is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organization dedicated to broadening the understanding of how the mind works. He contributes to the research on the effect of meditation on the brain at various universities in the USA and Europe and is the co-author of several scientific publications. He also contributed for the book Destructive Emotions, edited by Daniel Goleman.

All proceeds from Matthieu Ricard’s books, photographs, and events are donated to Karuna-Shechen (www.karuna-shechen.org/), the humanitarian association he created. Based on the ideal of ‟compassion in action”, Karuna-Shechen develops education, medical, and social projects for the most destitute populations of the Himalayan region.

He received the French National Order of Merit for his humanitarian work.

 

 

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The Expedition for Lhotse Ascent was supported by CertInvest (Main Partner), TotalSoft (Partner), Zitec (IT Partner), OMA Vision (Communication Partner), and also by Intercapital Invest, Accountess, World Class, Suplimente.ro, Sanador (Supporters).

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  • Friends: Ivan Patzaichin – Sprint Canoe Olympic Champion; Oana Pellea – Actress; Eugen Voicu – Founder CERTINVEST; Cătălin Tolontan- Journalist; Liviu Drăgan – CEO TotalSoft; Cristian Lascu – Speleologist; Vlad Mixich – Journalist; Adelin Petrișor – Journalist.
  • Partners who made this project possible: OMA Vision, ZITEC, ZVAC, NETOPIA, HEADVERTISING, ACCOUNTESS, Graphician Tuan Nini, CCIFER, donatie.ro
  • Sponsors: TotalSoft, Trend Consult
  • Media Parteners: TVR, News TVR, Sports Gazette, RFI Romania, National Geographic, FP România, Marie Claire, Think Outside the Box, Auto Motor Sport, House and Garden, TheWomanToday

2 Press Release 1st Week Report Joy4Nepal Campaign – May 26, 2015 (en)

2 Comunicat de Presă Săptămâna 1 – bilanț 26 Mai, 2015 (ro)

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