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Support for Nepal

If your organisation has any specific Nepal projects that you wish us to help promote to the outdoor industry, then please let us know and we will add them to the list to help spread awareness and encourage support.

Acutely aware of the damage and destruction caused by the recent earthquakes in Nepal, the OIA strongly encourages and supports the initiatives by many of our members who have recognised the importance of supporting the relief effort.

We have been asked what the OIA are doing or recommending to members, whether we will be coordinating an effort to raise funds from the outdoor industry, send equipment or lobby at government level.

OIA CEO Andrew Denton comments, "As I am sure you are aware, the current situation in certain areas of Nepal following the recent earthquakes is chaotic at best and total devastation in others, however the OIA is a trade body and not a relief organisation. We do not have any experience in this area of work or the resources to manage it. We recognise what our partner organisations such as the EOG, EOCA and BMC are recommending and are aware of some organisations arranging relief work, which we fully support and are actively promoting where possible."

The people of Nepal have given so much to the outdoor community, from welcoming backpackers with open arms, to guiding mountaineers to the top of Everest. Homeless, hungry, thirsty and at risk of disease - this is what's facing hundreds of thousands of people in Nepal right now. After the first devastating earthquake on 25 April, which registered 7.8 on the Richter Scale, the country has recently been hit again - this time near Mount Everest, with a magnitude of 7.3. The earthquake which struck Nepal badly damaged its major cities, including the capital Kathmandu and rural areas near the epicentre have been completely cut off by avalanches. Thousands of people lost their lives and thousands more were injured. The Disasters Emergency Committee is working urgently to provide emergency aid via its member UK aid charities. For further information about the Disasters Emergency Committee's Nepal Earthquake Appeal, visit: www.dec.org.uk/appeal/nepal-earthquake-appeal

The list below highlights some of the organisations in our industry which are actively supporting Nepal with projects and fundraising efforts:

Anatom

Anatom has created a Love Nepal organic cotton T-shirt retailing at £20, which can be purchased from www.tekoforlife.co.uk and www.anatomfootwear.co.uk. All profits from sales of the T-shirts will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Funds raised will help to provide emergency shelter, food, clean water and blankets for the millions of people who have been affected by the disaster and need urgent help.

The BMC

The BMC is doing great work co-ordinating the public, and is also holding an auction of outdoor gear to raise money for Nepal. The OIA endorses and recommends support of their efforts here: www.thebmc.co.uk

Cicerone

Cicerone Press author Sian Pritchard-Jones is currently in Nepal helping with the aftermath from the devastating earthquake. She is sharing daily updates of the struggles faced by the locals, and Cicerone is posting them on its blog, blog.cicerone.co.uk. Some of it makes for difficult reading, but mostly it demonstrates the hope and resilience of those affected and provides an insight beyond what we see in the newspapers.

The Mountain Institute

The Mountain Institute, through their work in Nepal, is organising their own relief effort with staff and partners on the ground and you can get involved here: www.mountain.org. This organisation is particularly keen to receive gifts of tents, shelters and cooking equipment.

Sherpa Adventure Gear

Tashi Sherpa, owner and founder of Sherpa Adventure Gear, is in Kathmandu, masterminding the relief effort through the company's charity the Paldorje Education Fund. Using the infrastructure of the Paldorje Education Fund, Bradshaw Taylor has set-up the Help Sherpas Help Nepal appeal, which guarantees that 100% of donations will be spent on the urgent provision of clean drinking water, food, sanitation and shelter in Nepal. Please visit www.crowdrise.com/helpsherpashelpnepal for further information and to donate to the Help Sherpas Help Nepal appeal.

If your organisation has any specific Nepal projects that you wish us to help promote to the outdoor industry, then please let us know and we will add them to the list to help spread awareness and encourage support.