When CCF representatives trekked through the village of Thugman in mid October it was apparent that the earthquake had left many on the edge of exposure and in a dire predicament: the prospect of facing the himalayan winter at ~8,200ft with the typical shelter consisting of little more than a patchwork of tarps. In a season where temperatures drop well below zero and snowfall typically covers the landscape to a depth of several feet, the prospect of staying warm was a key issue to the entire community.
In order to address this central issue of cold, CCF partnered with the Kathmandu-based wholesale company Everest Hardware to provide high-quality, warm jackets to the villagers of Thugman. CCF purchased 100 fleece jackets for $6.90 apiece, with a total cost of $690. Additionally, Everest Hardware donated 100 fleece hats to CCF, of which 50 went to Thugman and 50 went to other areas of Nepal where needed. Ram Karki, a long-time trusted friend of CCF and an extremely knowledgeable trekking guide, transported this clothing to Thugman in early November. With the help of Mingmar Chhiring, the owner of a guest house in Thugman, Ram distributed the jackets and hats to a large crowd of eager recipients. 100 jackets weren’t enough to supply every villager, so CCF and Ram worked with Mingmar to ensure that the supplies provided would go towards the those members of the village that were most in need.