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April 2016
Namaste~

As the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Nepal approaches, we would like to share with you the work you facilitated in the village of Langtang. 

Within less than a month of the earthquake, the community of Flagstaff donated $20,000 through three different fundraisers to FIRE's work in Langtang. One year later, we have distributed $25,000 of aid, help built a bridge, built a FIRE team of two local villagers in Langtang and Kathmandu, opened a short term thrift store in Flagstaff as a fundraiser and identified our long-term goals for sustainable empowerment and reconstruction in Langtang.

The unity of Langtang and single mindedness towards reconstruction through cooperation, is an inspiring and unique situation. Langtang will be rebuilt because of the community's unique ability to leverage international support. "Langtang is Rising" because of small organizations and individual donors like you and FIRE.

Thank you for creating the momentum that allowed FIRE to expand into Nepal and for supporting our continued programs in Langtang.

 
Best wishes, 
 
Meredith Potts
Executive Director
FIRE's Successes in Nepal
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FIRE's activities in Langtang since May, 2015:
  • Distributed $25,000 worth of immediate aid to 60 of the 116 Langtang families, hand-to-hand. This included medical treatment, food, shelter, clothing and blankets.
  • Helped build a bridge on the main trail to Langtang Valley.
  • Assisted the 13 single elders who wintered in Langtang, the most vulnerable members of the community with 1,100 pounds of aid.
  • Built a local team in Kathmandu and Langtang.
  • Conducted a needs assessment.
  • Identified the highest need individuals and families.
  • Met with relevant stakeholders, community leaders and local families to determine FIRE's long-term priorities and program outline.
  • Collected three hours of film footage including 19 interviews from survivors age 8 to 70.

Areas of focus are:
  • Immediate Needs
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Cultural Preservation

For more information about the developments of Langtang, FIRE's activities and our ongoing and future programs, please visit our website.  Please also view our photo albums of our activities.
Fundraiser at the Orpheum - 4/30/16
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Join us April 30, 2016 from 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Terrific gear discounted this night only. Just released, powerful films about Langtang, including Kilian Jornet's, "Langtang: Summits of My Life 3."

All proceeds support the construction of permanent homes for the elders of the village who have no surviving family.



xBuilding Homes for Elders
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Keeping with FIRE's 16 year focus of placing aid directly into the hand of the most vulnerable members of a community, we conducted a needs assessment. Originally, we thought the most vulnerable would be the orphaned children of Langtang. However, the needs of the children were quickly met by the global community. We discovered those in the greatest need were the "orphaned" adults.

In March 2016, FIRE transported (by truck and helicopter) and distributed 1,100 pounds of aid to thirteen elders of Langtang. Aid included food, bedding and nutrient drink similar to Ensure. These are individuals who have no surviving family. They were without means to spend the winter in Kathmandu, instead spending it at 13,000 feet in make-shift shelters. FIRE visited each person's shelter to further assess their needs.

Three of these individuals have been selected as the highest priority for construction of a permanent shelter. We are currently trying to raise $30,000 to build these three homes.

To see images of these elders and our distribution, please visit our photo album.
FIREWORKS
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In May 2015, immediately following the earthquake, the communities of Sun Valley, Hailey and Ketchum, Idaho, collected more than 5,000 pounds of high quality, name brand winter clothing for Nepal. Due to the 
unreliability of Nepali
customs, the donors in Idaho and their partners in Nepal decided not to ship the clothing to avoid losing the contents in customs. They asked FIRE to sell the clothing and use the
money in support of our work in Langtang. So a retail store 
was born. All proceeds currently support the building of homes for the elders of Langtang who survived the
winter in temporary shelters and in need of permanent homes.

113 E Birch, Tuesday - Saturday, 10-4.
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FIRE's work in Nepal is currently 100%
dependent on individual donations. 

Your support is directly rebuilding lives in Langtang.

You can donate on-line here. Checks may also be mailed to PO Box 22187 / Flagstaff, AZ / 86002.


Thank you very much for your continued support!!
Kazakh Wall Hangings
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We have 9 hand-made wall hangings from the Kazakh region of western Mongolia.  These are beautiful, one of a kind pieces of art. They are lovingly made over several months and given as a gift in honor of a marriage, birth of other special occasion.  

You can view the wall hangings hereIf you live in Flagstaff, please visit the FIREWORKS store at 113 E. Birch Ave or contact us to view the wall hangings in person.

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