Nepal Earthquake Relief

Nepal Earthquake Relief

Details of ACE’s Tents For Nepal Appeal


  • Tents being loaded ready for distribution

    Tents being loaded ready for distribution

    Tents being loaded ready for distribution
  • The road to a remote village

    The road to a remote village

    The road to a remote village
  • ECCA team at office-before departure

    ECCA team at office-before departure

    ECCA team at office-before departure
  • damaged house

    damaged house

    damaged house
  • The road to a remote village

    The road to a remote village

    The road to a remote village
  • travel to site-road block being cleared

    Travel to site-road block being cleared

    travel to site-road block being cleared
  • Tent Distribution

    Tent Distribution

  • Tent Distribution

    Tent Distribution

    Tent Distribution
  • ECCA team explaining to the villagers

    ECCA team explaining to the villagers

    ECCA team explaining to the villagers
  • ECCA team pitch the tents for the villagers

    ECCA team pitch the tents for the villagers

    ECCA team pitch the tents for the villagers
  • single tent and digging trench for rain water

    A single tent and villager digging a trench for rain water runoff

    single tent and digging trench for rain water
  • A family with tent and water filter

    A family with tent and water filter

    A family with tent and water filter
  • ECCA team distributed tent and water filter

    ECCA team distributed tent and water filter

  • A family with tent and water filter

    A family with tent and water filter

    A family with tent and water filter
  • ECCA team with some villagers

    ECCA team with some villagers

  • Tents pitched on the available flat land

    Tents pitched on the available flat land

    Tents pitched on the available flat land
  • ECCA reached remote villages where houses are visibly damaged yet in which people still live as they do not have alternate

    vehicle reach village-cracked house in which people still live-as they do not have alternate
  • villagers with tent-2

    Villagers with new tent

    villagers with tent-2
  • villagers with tent

    Villagers about to set up their donated tent

    villagers with tent
  • touching moment-ECCA volunteer explaining to village women

    Touching moment - ECCA volunteer talking with local village elder

    touching moment-ECCA volunteer explaining to village women
  • villagers clearing the ground for tent pitching

    Villagers clearing the ground in preparation for pitching their tents

    villagers clearing the ground for tent pitching
  • touching moment-village women with tears

    Touching moment - a village women with tears

    touching moment-village women with tears


TENTS FOR NEPAL UPDATE

– July 20, 2015:

ACE is thrilled to announce that every tent donated through ACE’s Tents for Nepal Campaign has successfully made it to ECCA headquarters in Kathmandu. Many of these tents, which were so generously donated, have already been distributed or are on their way to remote villages. ECCA not only distributes tents but they help villagers set up tents in safe areas, teach the villagers about the water filtration systems they are delivering, and provide a level of emotional support to those in need.

Last week ECCA distributed 59 tents in 2 distant villages. 43 tents to Kavre in Kusadevi village and 16 in Ryale village. These villages are roughly a 3 hours drive from Kathmandu. Two vehicles were hired (one for loading the tents and one for carrying ECCA teams for tent distribution and tent pitching). All the tents could not be pitched on one day, and hence, several trips were made by ECCA volunteers. In Ryale village, priority was given to families having disabled persons.

We are so happy to be able to share these photos showing this particular relief trip to these remote villages.

Along with the tents, ECCA distributed water filters, which were sponsored by Grand Circle Foundation. ECCA assembled these water filters by importing ceramic candles treated with nano-silver which contains activated carbon and has lifespan up to 7,000 liters. These filters purify the water of bacteria, parasites and turbidity.

ACE continues to support ECCA’s relief efforts. Donors can visit ECCA’s Global Giving site to give a monetary donation to go towards, shelter, water, and support for the people of Nepal affected by the devastating earthquake.

A heartfelt thank you from ACE to our amazing tent donors and supporters.

In gratitude,
American Conservation Experience

Update regarding our Tents for Nepal Campaign

ACE is thrilled to report that the over 3 tons of tents collected during our tent drive have made it to Nepal! They are in the hands of ECCA and are currently being distributed to those who are still without shelter in Kathmandu as well as some smaller villages that were devastated by the earthquake and continued aftershocks that have devastated parts of Nepal.

Those of you who purchased or sent your own personal tents to support the Nepalese people, our deepest gratitude goes out to you all for providing and supporting this tent drive.

These first pictures of are of the major shipments arriving to ECCA headquarters. We will put out more photos as we receive them.

Tents arriving in Nepal

Tents arriving in Nepal

Tents arriving in Nepal

Tents arriving in Nepal

A thank you from Chris Baker

View the published letter.

Exactly one month after appealing for tents to provide temporary shelter to victims of the April 25 earthquake, ACE shipped 2.1 tons of tents to Nepal. Two small deliveries of tents had reached Kathmandu in the past two weeks, but the major load is in the air this morning. With Nepalese government tariffs on relief supplies starting June 2, and no known source of funds to pay for subsequent shipping, we cannot in good faith assure timely delivery of future donations and are forced with regret to announce an official end to ACE’s Tents for Nepal campaign.

Entirely too often we hear that Americans have a short attention span, that our relative prosperity renders us insensitive, callous, or inert in the face of suffering in other parts of the world. As hundreds of families and dozens of organizations mobilized to purchase brand new tents, or took the meaningful initiative to pack and ship used tents, we have been immersed in the best qualities of human nature.

Compassion for the welfare of others is alive and well in American society and expressed not only in the act of generosity but also in the emotional messages that accompanied many donations: “This tent has been around the world. I’m so happy it can now help someone in need” was a common theme, shared in handwritten notes attached to hundreds of donated tents. Those of us fortunate enough to enjoy a lifestyle enabling a connection to the outdoors associate our tents with adventure and positive memories of exploration. We all reminisce about nights spent taking refuge from storms, curled up in our tents grateful for the shelter. As monsoon rains approach with Nepalese families sleeping on piles of hay or huddled under tarps strewn in the branches of trees, we find the experience of donating tents to be tangibly and deeply meaningful, a way to project our gratitude for our own blessings into a very real human tragedy.

ACE responded to the call to help Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) with no experience in international relief and modest expectations. The response from ACE’s hometown of Flagstaff, from residents of our California base in Santa Cruz, from Sports Chalet, Eastern Mountain Sports, and Peace Surplus, from ACE’s partner organizations who shared and reposted our social media, from KNAU and Kolt Country radio, from Royal Thai Airlines which donated half the cost of shipping, from Holly and Birendra Shakya whose individual fundraising campaign paid for the major shipment, and especially from generous individual donors spread throughout the country, has been absolutely overwhelming and uniquely gratifying.

The staff of ECCA, who tirelessly face the grief of a nation and work relentlessly to alleviate suffering, deserve our respect and admiration. ECCA now faces the daunting and emotionally draining responsibility of distributing hundreds of tents among so many desperately in need.

I cannot appropriately conclude without expressing heartfelt gratitude to ACE staff. In particular Susan Jardine served as a calm voice of reassurance, guiding donors through the process while often commiserating in the depth of their emotions. Tom Wilson, Kyle Gunderman, Colin Giegerich, Keith Trainor, Carolyn Getschow, Elaine Laio, Katie Beadling, James Parker and many others spent hours logging donations, inspecting, packing, and moving box after box of tents, contributions rendered even more significant during the peak of ACE’s spring/summer peak field season.

Of course there will be a steady sequence of natural disasters and the most impoverished will continue to be the worst afflicted. We cannot end the suffering such violent spasms of nature inflict, but all of us associated with Tents for Nepal can at least take heart knowing that in this one instance we made a genuine difference. Thousands of Nepalese will be sheltered through the monsoons and potentially into the winter through just this one campaign that has harnessed the goodwill of so many.

– In gratitude, Chris Baker, President, American Conservation Experience.

Update from Chris Baker

“SC/EMS generously matched the value of each tent purchased up to $25,000. Thanks to a huge outpouring of public support we have exceeded the $25,000 threshold plus another $25,000 worth of tents donated by SC and EMS. From this point forward tents purchased through SC and EMS will not generate a corporate match but your individual tent purchase still makes a huge difference. ACE will continue accepting all used and new tents. We greatly appreciate the continued support.”

– Sincerely, Chris Baker, Founder and CEO, American Conservation Experience.

The need

On April 25 2015 a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. This instantly claimed the lives of more than 7,000 people and adversely affected the lives of millions of others. Due to the destruction of houses in both urban and rural areas hundreds of thousands of Nepalese, including untold numbers of children, are homeless. People are being forced to take refuge in an open space and they are in need of shelter. And with monsoon season fast-approaching this need is pressing.

American Conservation Experience President Chris Baker has a special connection to Nepal. His brother in law is Nepalese and co-founded an environmental NGO in Kathmandu called Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA). Many of his friends and extended family are deeply rooted in the philanthropic and environmental movement in Nepal.

ECCA has asked ACE to reach out to the conservation industry and to our individual members and followers to address this very specific need for tents. Chris’ family has set up a distribution chain to ensure that the tents rapidly reach the villages in foothills of the Himalayas that have been utterly destroyed and where night time temperatures present a crisis situation. Transport for the tents to Nepal is being arranged as soon as possible, and the need for shelter will persist for many months and through the winter, so this appeal will serve as a sustained effort to provide shelter to those affected. There is really no limit to the number of tents that are desperately needed and that can be distributed.

Nepalese Earthquake Victims

Nepalese Earthquake Victims

Nepalese Earthquake Victims

Nepalese Earthquake Victims

You can still help

Donate Cash to Global Giving. These funds go directly to the relief efforts to purchase items to provide safe drinking water such as water tablets and filters. Please visit GlobalGiving Nepal Relief.

Thank you to the following generous donors:

Tom Wilson 1 tent
Susan Jardine 1 tent
Shane Barrow 1 tent
Peter Woodruff 1 tent
Patrick Parsel 1 tent
Mike Santiago 1 tent
Michael Stern 1 tent
Max Ley 1 tent
Matthew Roberts 1 tent
Matthew Fidler 1 tent
Mark Loseth 1 tent
Marieke Flynn 1 tent
Marcel Coppolino 1 tent
Lewis Kunik 1 tent
Laura Stinger 1 tent
Keean Ruane 1 tent
Katie Beadling 1 tent
Kaitlyn Webb 1 tent
Joshua Burt 1 tent
Jordan Rolfe 1 tent
John Donovan 1 tent
Joe Beardsley 1 tent
Jenny Yokoyama 1 tent
Jeff Bousson 1 tent
Janet Tongen 1 tent
James Lynn 1 tent
Jake Powell 1 tent
Hilary Beasley 1 tent
Hannah Wendel 1 tent
Eric Robertson 1 tent
Elaine Lio 1 tent
David Jones 1 tent
Colin Geigrich 1 tent
Chris Berry 1 tent
Carolyn Getschow 1 tent
Brad Hunter 1 tent
Ben Pohl 1 tent
Amy Allamong 1 tent
Afton McKusick 1 tent
Adam Scherm 1 tent
A.J. Conrad 1 tent
Friday May 1
Keith Trainor 2 tents
David V Goeddel 2 tents
Neil & Heidi Wilson 3 tents + 5 chairs
Tim England 4 tents
Patti Maraldo 1 6-person tent
Mike Sasaki 2 tents
Monday May 4
Emily Lizotte 1 tent
Nancy Dominick 1 tent
Andrew Dyer 1 large tent
Wayne Sjoberg 1 tent
Grand Canyon Youth 11 tents
Tuesday May 5
Gail Evans 1 sleeping bag
Carolyn Miller 1 tent
Ellen Robins 1 tent
Angela Roach 1 tent
Yoshin Carter 1 tent
Terry Hardy 1 tent
Tom Cannahan 1 tent
Anonymous 3 tents
Cruz 2 tents
McCarthy 1 tent
Helen Resneck-Sannes 1 tent
Anonymous 2 tents
Inga Walker 1 tent
Helen Resneck-Sannes 1 tent
Maria Mootiram Family 10 tents + 10 tents match
Wednesday May 6
Chris McNamara 5 tents, 1 sleeping bag
Outdoor Adventure River Specialists (O.A.R.S.) 40 tents
Veronica Zaleha 1 tent
Kevin and Rita Horan 1 tent
Jim and Lea Tuck 1 tent + 1 sleeping bag + 1 pop-up shelter
Keith Green 1 tent
Thursday May 7
Cynthia Schonberg 1 tent
William Sullivan 1 tent
Matthew Galvin 1 tent
Jorge Paz 1 tent
Kevin Turrisi 1 tent
Friday May 8
Aimee Rutledge 1 tent
Elizabeth Blackledge 1 tent
Auville B Powell Jr. 1 tent
Charles Stueber 1 tent
Barbara Willobee 2 tents
Jane Christensen 1 tent
Brandon Foster 1 tent
Anonymous 3 tents
official2survive.com 2 tents + 4 sleeping bags
Monday May 11
Melissa Cline 1 tent
David Allred 2 tents
Chris Truong 1 tent
Ronni Silver 1 tent
Mary Liporace 1 tent
Erin Stevens 1 tent
Mike Hill 1 tent
Jeremy Santen 2 tents
Margaret Smigiel 1 tent
Jeff Ruhloff 1 tent
Kenneth Dinin 1 tent
Morgan Baron 1 tent + 2 sleeping bags
Tuesday May 12
Anonymous 1 tent
Anonymous 1 tent
Anonymous 1 tent
Anonymous 1 tent
Anonymous 3 tents
Phillip and Suzanne Griffin 2 tents
Suzanne 1 tent
Bill Leibfried 1 tent
Employees of Grand Canyon Science Center 12 tents
Rachel Scala 1 tent
Nicholas Cupaiuolo 1 tent
Judith Eaton 1 tent + 1 tent footprint
Christine Taylor 1 tent
Rebecca Swisher 1 tent
Alicia Reznick 1 tent
Kevin Corcoran 1 tent + 1 tent footprint
Valere Egnasko 1 tent
Jeffrey Shenberger 1 tent
Peter Sarka 1 tent
Josh Schlafer 1 tent
Donna and Robert Hamill 1 tent
Michele Lydon 1 tent
Mark Hastings 1 tent
Anonymous 1 tent
Kevin Donnelly 1 tent
Clare Tattersall 1 tent
Laura Smith 1 tent
Elizabeth Groleau 1 tent
Richard Herbison 1 tent
Janine Edwards 1 tent
Caryn Prudente 1 tent
Melissa Potter 1 tent
Richard Hawkins 1 tent
Scott D. Smith 1 tent
Ian Baxter 1 tent
Amanda Panzera 1 tent
Nancy Wright 1 tent
Christine Smith 1 tent + 1 tarp + 2 sleeping pads
Dave Eckert 1 tent
Melinda McIlwaine 1 tent
Peace Surplus 13 tents
In memory of Pradeep Mootiram 10 tents
Wednesday May 13
Denis Keohane 1 tent
Alikakos Christopher 1 tent
Eric Hoffman 1 tent
M Patrick Dillon 1 tent
Rhonda Voos 1 tent
Sarah Buonocore 1 tent
Chester Pauls 1 tent
J F Fitzpatrick 1 tent
Dawn Davis 2 tents
Dorothy Dubey 1 tent
Keri Smith 1 tent
Mark Friedman 1 tent
Tamar Keil 1 tent
Dale Higgs 1 tent
Barbara Pickell 1 tent
Michael Clark 1 tent
Katherine Scott 1 tent
Martha Slocum 1 tent
Marilee Swindell 1 tent + 1 tent footprint
Gayle Looby 1 tent
Anonymous 1 tent
Trina Koushmaro 1 tent
Anonymous 1 tent
Anonymous 1 tent
Justine 1 tent
Thursday May 14
Anonymous 2 tents + 2 sleeping bags
Anonymous 1 tent
Jean Bronson Galli 1 tent
Curtis Rising 1 tent
Friday May 15
Sheryl Nelson 1 tent
Anonymous 1 tent
Eliot Moss 1 tent
Leanna Westfall 1 tent
Dorothy B. Reiss 1 tent
Monday May 18
Amoret Heise 1 tent
David Egley 1 tent
Bala Lakshminarayan 2 tents
Anonymous 1 tent
Nathaniel Zuk 1 tent
Ronda D’Antonio 2 tents
Diane O’Hara 1 tent
Susan and Marc Black, Bridget and Gary Jacobson-Thorne, Anne Twooney Lloyd and John Lloyd, Luanne and Jeff Morris, Susan and Mark Leitner, Beth and Dan Falk-Herman, Karen Sourbis and Nick, Lydia and Roy Landesberg, Jeanne and Chris Markel, Michelle and Floyd Rappi, Marybeth and Andrew Metalski-Felt 2 tents
Wednesday May 20
Sue Barnes 1 tent
Julee Carlson 2 tents
Anonymous 1 tent
Susan Lambert 1 tent
Susabella2 2 tents
Luke Frazza 1 tent
Thursday May 21

Questions? We can be reached by email: TentsForNepal@usaconservation.org

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