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The documentary “Five Weeks in Nepal” has been shown in the theatre on November 26 with rave reviews. It is now available for downloading through Vimeo on Demand.

Part 23 - Final Story

This will be the final story of our adventure in Nepal. We have just entered 2016 and I look back at this amazing adventure with excitement and immense gratitude. Excitement of course for the enormous adventure and beauty I experienced in Nepal, but even more importantly is my gratitude to have survived the enormous earthquake that happened on April 25,2015.

As soon as we were home we started the fundraising for the villages of Khumjung in Nepal. The first event took place in Victoria with the Red Cross that brought in around $15,000 after it was matched by the government. We held our own fundraiser at the Cowichan Theatre for the Performing Arts where we raised more than $8000 that has gone directly to the Edmund Hilary Foundation, a very reliable agency in Toronto with a link to Khumjung in Nepal.

Once again we are immense grateful for everyone who donated money, small or large, as all of it will be used to help the Nepalese people who lost so much during the earthquake. I like to single out one special person, Geoffrey Arrowsmith, a 12-year-old student who took it upon himself to ask each of his schoolmates at the Ecole Cobble Hill Elementary School to donate a Toonie where he raised around $300 for Nepal. Geoffrey is a young filmmaker from Cowichan Bay. He has a lot of talent and I look forward seeing his productions in the near future.

GREAT NEWS came in today (January 4, 2016)
Attached is a before and after photo of the house of my Nepalese guide Kumar. His parents' house was totally destroyed during the earthquake and with our financial support he has been able to rebuild the house, which he just finished. See the before and after photo.

My plan is to go back next year fall to follow up with a documentary that will show what has happened in Nepal in the two years after the earthquake, and how and where the money has been used to rebuild. I will also feature how Nepal and its resilient people are coping with every day life again.

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