34 years ago, founders of CCF Denise Attwood and Ric Conner first stepped foot in Nepal. This was originally intended to be only one stop of many along an 8 month journey through Asia but ended up becoming the focus of their life’s work. As they trekked through village after village on what many would consider a once in a lifetime adventure through the Himalayas, they fell in love not only with the country, but its people. Their trekking guide Ram Karki became a lifelong friend who been to the US multiple times and has even helped Denise and Ric build their house in Spokane Washington.
During the April 25th earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, Ram’s village of Kattike in the Pulkharkha district was, like so many others, completely destroyed, leaving many homeless and without supplies.
Conscious Connections in Action
Through Ram, we at CCF heard about the destruction in the Pulkarkha region and were able to organize a team of local Nepalese to carry, by truck and by foot where necessary, relief supplies to their villages. This team was spearheaded by an 18 year old Nepali named Pradeep, who is Ram’s son. Together with his father’s help and that of CCF, Pradeep and his team were the first organized relief to reach these villages. It took them less than two weeks!
With the help of Pradeep, Ram, and the rest of their team, CCF provided roughly $700 worth of rice, lentils, sugar, oil and salt to Phulkarkha where 43 families have lost their homes. This will provide enough food for a family for 1 month. Along with the necessary food, CCF also acquired 50 tents (1 for each family) for 1200 rupees (Rs) and distributed these as well.
A Few Words From Pradeep
“Thank you Didi all the family, friends, Ganesh Himal team, CCF and kind donors. Your help makes us strong and confident to go ahead and rebuild beautiful village kattike. We love you all. Again thank you so much for your kindnesses and help to me, my family and whole village. Love you all. Pradeep, family, and villagers”