Without the skill of the Nepalese weavers the contemporary carpet industry would not be what it is today. The earthquakes that hit Nepal on 25 April and 12 May this year have had a devastating effect on them and the wider community. Infrastructure has been rocked, people have lost homes, possessions, friends and family. Food is becoming increasingly expensive and life has become more challenging. Medical care, shelter and food supplies are commodities in short supply. None of this will be solved quickly.
So the question has to be, what can we do to provide ongoing support in Nepal?
Here is a list of organisations and brands who are acting to help in the long term and have set up ways for you to do likewise.
Tufenkian have increased their matching funds for Mercy Corps from $15,000 to $25,000. Contribute at www.mercycorps.org/people/tufenkianartisancarpets/NepalEarthquake.
ORIA Charitable Fund are making collections to be distributed amongst various groups offering aid to the region including Care & Fair Nepal and the Nepal Burn & Cleft Hospital. Donate at oria.org/charitable-fund/nepal-earthquake-relief/
Warp & Weft are donating 15% of all the company’s stock and custom sale proceeds, as well as balance payments on pending orders, directly to the weaving communities and beyond.
Erik Lindstrom of Lindstrom Rugs has started a fundraiser to directly help colleagues and their families in Nepal, some of whom have lost everything. Donate and ‘Help Nepal Stand Tall’ at www.crowdrise.com/letsmakenepalstandtallagain/fundraiser/eriklindstrom1
COVER have an ongoing commitment to continue promoting the many initiatives that the rug industry are developing to support Nepal. A London event is planned for September 2015 to raise funds for the cause – more details to follow.