Summits of My Life has achieved the fundraising challenge it set out last December when, to coincide with the premiere of the film Langtang, Kilian Jornet and the NGO SOS Himalaya-Fundación Iñaki Ochoa de Olza, launched the project to raise €58,080 towards rebuilding 116 houses in Langtang, one of the areas worst hit by the earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015.
Seven months later, Summits of My Life has not only reached its target but exceeded it. In total, thanks to the donations made via the platform Mi Grano de Arena (Doing My Bit), in addition to other fundraising activities, €58,958,03 has been raised. These funds have been managed by SOS Himalaya-Fundación Iñaki Ochoa de Olza, which has gone to the area to coordinate the rebuilding work.
This has served as a contribution to help Nepal after the earthquake that struck on April 25, 2015, which had terrible consequences. According to official figures, the natural disaster left 9,000 dead and a very large number of people homeless. One of the worst affected areas was the Langtang valley where the Summits of My Life team witnessed the effects of the earthquake at first hand.
The village of Langtang was completely buried under an avalanche of snow, ice and rock as a result of the large amount of snow that had accumulated over an especially hard winter. Furthermore, the aftershocks seriously damaged nearby villages. The few survivors were evacuated to refugee camps in Kathmandu. The earthquake left most of them homeless and they are now living in temporary shelters.
To help them, Summits of My Life and the NGO SOS Himalaya-Fundación Iñaki Ochoa de Olza began a campaign to raise funds to help in the reconstruction of Langtang. This coincided with the premiere of Langtang, the third film in the Summits of My Life project, the story of what Kilian Jornet and his team experienced after the earthquake.
The inhabitants of Langtang set up a committee to coordinate international donations and to invest them in rebuilding the valley.
As part of this project, Summits of My Life organised various activities, as well as seeking donations via the platform Mi Grano de Arena (Doing My Bit). The raffle of Kilian Jornet’s Suunto Ambit 3 Peak watch raised €7,884. A further €11,916 was raised at the screenings of the film in Barcelona and Stuttgart, where last March the Langtang project coincided with the O.U.T. Salomon Festival. Furthermore, on April 25, 38 screenings were held around the world to commemorate the first anniversary of the Nepal earthquake. These raised €17,082 and €22,076.03 joined the anonymous donations made through Mi Grano de Arena.
SOS Himalaya-Fundación Iñaki Ochoa de Olza has earmarked a total of € 58,958,03 to spend on the following material to rebuild houses in Langtang: sheeting for roofs, plywood for roofs and walls, helicopter transport and labour.
Members of the NGO have gone to the site to coordinate the rebuilding work. The first phase involved the major task of digging out the village buried under the avalanche. With that completed, the process of rebuilding the houses has begun and will be carried out over the next few months.
This is a small contribution and Langtang continues to need help to return to normality. Anyone who wishes to may continue working towards the rebuilding of Langtang by making donations to S0S Himalaya-Fundación Iñaki Ochoa de Olza.